Why EFCC arrested me, Lawyer ‘abducted’ in court speaks out


A lawyer earlier arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state has been released.

Ewa Okpo Edmund told IBOM LEAK NEWS moments after he regained freedom he was unaware his abductors were officers of the commission.

He said the arrest revolved around an alleged forged document spotted in one of the applications he filed on behalf of his client.

The lawyer was in court on Monday to move a motion for the release of Mr Noble Tamunoateli Dainge, a 100-level student of the Department of History and Humanity Studies, University of Calabar, Cross River.

Edmund said his client has been in custody for more than 30 days.

He secured bail for the student but was arrested as his client was about to be remanded in custody pending when the bail conditions would be perfected.

Meanwhile, IBOM LEAK NEWS has yet to see the charges.

Popularly known as Street Lawyer, Edmund said he was driven for minutes without knowing where he was taken to and by whom.

Upon reaching Four Lane, he was told the final destination would be the EFCC headquarters, where he refused to get off until the zonal head of the commission whom he described as a “wonderful gentleman” offered him an explanation.

Edmund said: “The job of a lawyer is to file processes. It’s not his job to deduce documents that should be filed.”

He said the arrest goes beyond what meets the eyes: “This is being done because we know forgery has nothing to do with the EFCC; they could have referred to the police. In fact, they had mentioned it in court and agreed that they were going to bring an application to that effect. So, there was no need to arrest me.”

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He said his arrest centred on the “approach we took regarding the incarceration of Mr Noble Tamunoateli Dainge [his client], which we got fundamental rights order and some people from the quarters are not very happy.”

Street Lawyer

On if he was manhandled today, the Street Lawyer stated that the EFCC operatives were “courteous” towards him.

“If they had done anything, I would have said so,” Edmund stated, adding: “this will not deter me from representing the street.”

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