Detained former Air Officer in charge of
Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, Air Vice
Marshal [AVM] Rufus Ojuawo, has told a
Federal High Court in Abuja that the
Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) forced him to pay
N40 million as a condition for his
He is currently in confinement at House
27, Niger Barracks, Asokoro, Abuja,
under the directive of the EFCC.
He further alleged that contrary to the
position of the anti-graft agency, he
did not voluntarily surrender his Range
Rover (SUV) car to the commission but
that it was seized from him by force.
His averments were contained in his
further affidavit in support of his
application to enforce his fundamental
rights now pending before Justice
Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja division
of the Federal High Court.
The officer who has been in detention
custody for over 100 days since his
arrest on February 7, 2016, was last
week produced in court by the anti-
corruption agency following an order
of the court.
Justice Ademola gave the order after
counsel to the detained military chief,
Mr. R.N. Ojabo, moved an application
for the enforcement of his
fundamental human rights.
His appearance was ordered by the
court to enable it know which agency
of government was keeping him since
the EFCC denied that the embattled
military officer was not in its custody,
having being released on
Until his arrest by the EFCC on February
7, 2016, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport, Abuja, Ojuawo
was carrying out his duties as the Air
Officer Commanding the Tactical Air
Command, Nigerian Air Force, Makurdi.
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