Following the invasion of the premises of the SUN Newspaper by the Economic and Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, an Akure based Lawyer, Morakinyo Ogele has sought a public apology by the antigraft agency to management of the newspaper.
Ogele further demanded one billion naira compensation, with a one week ultimate for all of these to be done by the EFCC.
The Akure based Lawyer who spoke with journalists in Akure on Wednesday berated the EFCC for the raid on the media outfit which he described the action as uncivilized and unconstitutional.
Barrister Ogele bewails the EFCC for disrupting the daily activities of the media outfit and consequently subjecting its staff to physiological trauma and molestation and insisted its management must drag the EFCC to court.
Ogele further contended that the action of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had already violated section 39 (1) of 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended while he added that the anti graft agency carried out its statutory functions outside the organic law by such unlawful act.
“Seven days ultimatum is hereby issued to EFCC to tender unreserved apology to Sun and compensate the paper with N1billion.
“Otherwise, I may be forced to restrain EFCC from carrying out activities not known to law,” the lawyer threatened.
The activist lawyer charged the Nigerian masses who believed in the freedom of the press to condemn the invasion of the SUN Newspaper premises.
“This conduct as the crude and sordid invasion of the SUN by the EFCC is out of order, illegal and unconstitutional”, he submitted.
The operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in the early hours of Monday invaded the Lagos head office of the SUN Newspaper to ascertain the state of the assets of the publishing company which has been a subject of a subsisting interim forfeiture order.
He, however, asked the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to respect the rule of law and desist from the “rule of force and crudity.”