Fayose Floors EFCC After Seven Months of  Legal Battle

By Ikenga Chronicles December 14, 2016

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose basked in victory, as a Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, ordered that the personal accounts of the governor be unfrozen.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, who gave the order in response to a suit filed by the governor, through his counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, said the rights of the governor had been unconstitutionally infringed upon, considering constitutional privileges of his office.

According to Justice Taiwo, rather than the EFCC to order the freezing directly through a third party, he (the governor) should have been investigated.

He  described  Fayose as “a genuinely deprived person who rushed to the court to seek constitutional protection.”

Justice Taiwo said: “I hereby give a mandatory order directing the respondents jointly or severally to immediately de-freeze, unblock and make operational both accounts belonging to the applicant.”

He declared that apart from the immunity which Fayose enjoyed as a sitting governor under Section 308 of the Constitution, it was wrong for the EFCC to have gone ahead to seize his two accounts perpetually without prior primary investigations.

Fayose’s lead counsel, Ozekhome, in his reaction described the judgment as the best to be so made against the EFCC in history, saying “it would checkmate the agency against years of brazen arbitrariness and excesses.”

Meanwhile, the EFCC has indicated its intention to appeal the Ado- Ekiti Federal High Court judgement ordering it to defreeze some bank accounts of  Fayose.

The agency in statement by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said it was expecting a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement to enable it proceed on appeal.

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