The photographer is also demanding an unreserved apology from the EFCC.
A photographer, Nasiru Ali, is demanding N100 million as damages from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for “wrongly” parading him as an internet fraudsterYahoo boy.
Ali was arrested in the early hours of May 17, 2019, after EFCC operatives raided his home in Abuja.
The photographer was reportedly alseep when officials of the anti-graft agency stormed his house.
Subsequently, his picture and name alongside nine other people was published on May 20 on EFCC’s Instagram page.
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Again EFCC Arrests 10 Internet Fraudsters in Abuja . . The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal office on Friday May 17, 2019, raided and arrested 10 suspected internet scammers at Favour Estate Land Estate, Life Camp, Abuja. . . They were arrested following a tip-off by an anonymous source. . . The suspects are: Okorokpa Clifford, Ejechi Rukeme Clarence, Omoagbere Nelson, Olamide Agbi, Prosper Williams, Zhenom Moses, Nasiru Saudi Ali, Shakajede Okiemute, Okoro Andrew and Amorighoye Laju Precious. . . Some of the items recovered from the suspects were exotic cars, laptops and smart phones. . . They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. . . #InternetFraud #InternetFraudsters #YahooYahoo #YahooBoys #Scam #Fraud #Corruption #Crime #EFCC #TheFightAgainstCorruption #FightingForYou
In a petition dated May 30, 2019 and addressed to the acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, the photographer through his lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbensi, said he lost a N5 million contract over the incident.
Ali demanded for an “unreserved apology” for the “wrongful arrest” and “libellous publication.”
“That your good office publish and tender an unreserved apology for the wrongful arrest and unlawful detention as well as the libellous publication of our client for no just cause on all your online platforms and two other national newspapers,” the petition read.
“That you pay to our client the sum of one hundred million naira only (100. 000, 000.00) being minimal damages to assuage his already battered reputation.”
The photographer said should the EFCC fail to meet the conditions within seven days, he would go to court.
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