A Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, the state capital yesterday ordered Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose’s two personal accounts be de-frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The accounts of the governor were frozen on June 21, 2016.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo, who gave the order in 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, describing 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 Mr 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.
EFCC’s lead counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo was however absent in court, but 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 Governor Ayodele Fayose.
In a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren said it was expecting a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement to enable it proceed on appeal. The statement reads: “The attention the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been drawn the order by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state asking it to defreeze the accounts of Governor Ayo Fayose.”
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