Galaxy CEO, Dalori slams N50bn suit against EFCC over unlawful detention
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Galaxy Transportation and Construction Services Limited, Engr. Babagana Dalori, has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, seeking N50 billion as aggravated damages for his unlawful detention since March 2019.
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/857/2019, and which was dated July 19, 2019, was filed by one Ganny Ajape Esq. on behalf of Dalori.
Dalori and his company and his company, Galaxy Transportation and Construction Services Ltd, are the plaintiffs in the case.
Specifically, the plaintiffs are praying for “An order awarding aggravated damages of the sum of N50billion Naira against the Defendant for the gross violation, loss of earnings and physical and psychological trauma occasioned by the sealing of the business premises of the plaintiffs, freezing of the personal/corporate accounts and continuous detention without arraignment and trial of the plaintiff for over four (4) months”.
Among other reliefs, the plaintiffs want a declaration that the EFCC’s order sealing their business concerns and premises without regards to the laid down procedures is unlawful, unwarranted, illegal, overreaching and a clear abuse of office and privilege.
They are also seeking a declaration that the act of freezing their corporate and personal bank account by EFCC since the arrest and detention of the 1st Plaintiff in March, 2019 till date is unlawful, unconstitutional and in gross violation of the applicants’ rights as enshrined in Sections 36(1) and 44(1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended and Article 14 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap. A9 Volume 1 LFN, 2004.
However, the plaintiffs are praying for an order unfreezing their corporate and personal accounts frozen upon the orders/directives of the EFCC.
But PRNigeria gathered that no date has been fixed for mentioning of the matter.
Dalori’s media consultant, Abdulhamid Ibrahim, who spoke exclusively to PRNigeria, said a first batch of about 170 clients are being settled of their capital as the company begins to meet its obligations.
“While a comprehensive communication is going to be made soon, I can guarantee that the company has begun settling its subscribers.
“A list of 170 people are being cleared of their capital purchases as the first batch and more will follow soon’, he noted, adding that ‘everything is however difficult with his continued detention, frozen accounts and also the damaging publications,” he added.