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Crime Updated: May 08, 2024

How teenager spends days in detention over mother’s debt, drags EFCC to court

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
May 08, 2024
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Oluwateniola Omidiji has dragged the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to court after the 19-year-old 300-level Nursing Science student at Babcock University in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State missed her exams because she was detained by the Crimes Commission on suspicion of debt.

Due to a purported debt that her mother, Mrs Omoniyi Omidiji, owed to a business partner, the 19-year-old was taken into custody by agents of the anti-graft agency.

On April 26, 2024, she was taken from the school grounds by EFCC agents from the Lagos zone due to a business deal her mother, who was widowed in 2020, had carried out.

Miss Omidiji, claimed in a basic rights action filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos, that she was kidnapped by EFCC agents for a debt that her mother owed him from a business deal, according to Mr Charles Nwoko.

Nwoko said that he put N100,000,000 in Mrs Omidiji's firm, in which Oluwateniola is a partner, sometime in 2020, following which Mrs Omidiji travelled abroad.

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According to reports, the EFCC uncovered four people as directors in a business named Elisto Global Services Limited, which Mrs Omidiji is accused of using to obtain money from the complainant, Mr Nwoko.

Meanwhile, Oluwateniola, who has been at the EFCC facility, has petitioned the court, claiming that she has spent 10 days there while an examination was taking place at her school.

According to the court documents, the EFCC said that because her mother designated her as a director of Elisto, the 19-year-old Oluwateniola should account for her mother's alleged wrongdoing in the joint venture with Mr Nwoko.

However, Oluwateniola's lawyer, Chijioke Emeka, SAN, is attempting to enforce her fundamental human right, pointing out that Oluwateniola was a juvenile at the time her mother entered into a commercial partnership with the complainant.

According to court filings, the lawyer is seeking N10,000,000 in damages for Oluwateniola, claiming that her fundamental rights to human dignity, personal liberty, fair hearing, and freedom of movement were violated.

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Attempts to communicate with the EFCC's Director of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, were unsuccessful, and no date for a further hearing on the subject has been set yet.

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