The Federal High Court, Abuja, has awarded the sum of N5m as damages against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for wrongfully parading a photographer named Nasiru Saidu Ali (Kozzo) as a fraudster.

The court also ordered the respondent (EFCC) to tender public apology on its online social media platforms, particularly Instagram, to the applicant (Ali).

The incident happened in May 2019 when the photographer was wrongfully arrested from his Abuja home and his photos splashed on the social media accounts of the EFCC alongside those of other alleged internet scammers. He was later released after his innocence was established but Ali dragged the anti-graft agency to court for criminal defamation of his character.

The photographer, through his lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, had demanded N100m damages from the EFCC but after five years, the court, in a judgment delivered on Friday, March 22, 2024, awarded N5m damages against the EFCC and ordered the anti-graft agency to tender a public apology to the photographer.

The court declared that the wrongful publication of the applicant’s image and name on the respondents social media platforms holding the applicant’s to the public as a fraudster by the respondents is unlawful, unconstitutional and a flagrant breach of the applicant’s fundamental right to privacy as enshrined in Section 37 respectively of the 1999 Constitution and relevant provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well as the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

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