EFCC Discontinues Suit Against Patience Jonathan, Court Strikes Out Case

James Marshall
April 20, 2018

He, therefore, urged the court to strike out the suit.In another development, the Court of Appeal sitting in Ado-Ekiti has set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court which unfreeze the accounts of Governor Ayo Fayose with the Zenith Bank Plc.

The court allowed the appeal filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the judgment of Taiwo Taiwo of federal high court, Ado Ekiti division.

However, the judgment of the Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo, on December 13, 2016, which unfroze Fayose's two personal accounts with the bank, has been upturned by the Appeal Court.

The court gave the ruling on Thursday based on the argument of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that the accounts were being used to keep proceeds of crime.

The judge, had also ordered the EFCC to file an undertaking as to damages if it turned out that the order was not to have been made. The post Appeal Court freezes Fayose's account appeared first on PM NEWS Nigeria. Upon that order, the EFCC froze the Governor's accounts without having his particulars and names on record.

The court also said the alleged damning intelligent report by the EFCC, which it claimed to have received concerning money purportedly paid into Governor Fayose's account by Senator Musiliu Obanikoro was not provided nor attached for the court to see.

Being aggrieved, the EFCC went to the Court of Appeal and filed a motion for stay of execution on the ruling and proceeded to the main appeal.

However, at the resumed hearing of the matter, lawyer to other respondents, except Skye Bank Plc, Mr. Ige Asemudara, told the court that he was duly informed by the EFCC lawyer, Mr Mohammed Idris, who was equally in court, that, the anti-graft agency had signified to discontinued the suit, by filing a notice of discontinuance. Social Democratic Party (SDP), which states in Section 308 of the Constitution that the sitting governor can be investigated, only that he cannot be prosecuted or invited for interrogation.

It also said that the fact that EFCC did not include those particulars of the governor and his names was not a suppression of fact.

Last week Friday, Justice Olatoregun had struck out the Commission's ex-parte application for the seizure of certain funds belonging to Mrs Jonathan after holding that the issue was already a subject of litigation before two other judges, Justice Murtala-Nyako and Justice John Tsoho, both of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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