Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Account Freezing: Court summons EFCC, adjourns Fayose’s mandatory application

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has instituted a suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  and Zenith Bank Plc over the freezing of his accounts. The case was filed on behalf of Fayose by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), at the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital. The Court ordered that the EFCC and Zenith Bank should appear before it on July 4 to show cause why Fayose’s demands on the freezing of his accounts should not be granted. Ayo Fayose Fayose is seeking the de-freezing of the accounts.

Delivering his ruling, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, said he quite understood that the applicant (Fayose) enjoys immunity and that the court can adjudicate on this matter as canvassed by the counsel to the plaintiff, but he pointed out that the relief he basically sought was a mandatory order of the court. Also, the same court yesterday vacated an exparte order it gave to the factional Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) allegedly loyal to Senator Buruji Kashamu, restricting the executives of the faction, loyal to Governor Fayose, from parading themselves as authentic excos of the party. The order had given recognition to the Exco of Buruji Kashamu, but it has now been reversed.

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