Court orders EFCC to pay Abia journalist, Norah Okafor, N3.5 million after operatives invaded her home while she was sleeping n*ked
A federal high court sitting in Umuahia has delivered a judgment in favour of Abia journalist, Norah Okafor, and awarded her N3.5 million damages.
The court ruling was issued over the invasion of Okafor’s residence in the wee hours of September 23, 2021, by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
The invading EFCC operatives barged into Okafor’s home while the journalist was n*ked in bed. They also damaged some of her belongings.
The EFCC was also ordered to tender a public apology to Okafor, which will be published in two national dailies.
Okafor said that she was excited about the judgment, stating that “it is justice not only for me but Nigeria journalists who stood by and testified for me.”
She expressed her conviction that the judiciary has also shown that they were the last hope for the common man.
Sharing her experience, she said, “At one point in time, I felt demoralised when the spokesperson of the EFCC kept saying that they didn’t do that and that I was just trying to trend for no reason, but then I tried to make him understand that their guys did this and at the end of the day, they said that it was a case of mistaken identity.
“All I had expected was for them to, maybe, apologise and say, ‘let the sleeping dog lie’.” Explaining further, she said, “I didn’t go to court because I had money to do something extraordinary, but I wanted to prove a point that I have a right. “It was all about the invasion of privacy.
They invaded my house at the wee hours of the night and met me n*ked. The trauma alone wasn’t funny.
“When they came, I thought they were criminals, armed robbers and I was shocked and at the end of the day, they were just EFCC officials who came to ransack my house.
For what reason and why don’t they investigate? “They would have at least done their investigation properly before embarking on their mid-night raid,” Punch quoted as to have said.