Court explains why it ordered EFCC to de-freeze Fayose’s bank accounts

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A Federal High court in Ekiti State has ordered the EFCC to lift the restriction placed on Governor Fayose’s account in Zenith Bank.

The court also set aside an earlier order of a Federal High court in Lagos that empowered EFCC to freeze two of his accounts.

The court ordered the EFCC to immediately de-freeze the two accounts without further delay.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo said Fayose’s rights were unconstitutionally infringed upon.

Justice Taiwo declared that it was wrong for the agency to seize the accounts without first investigating him or making him a party.

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Justice Taiwo described Fayose as “A genuinely deprived person who rushed to the court to seek constitutional protection”.

The judge thereby gave a mandatory order for de-freezing, unblocking and making the accounts operational.

He said it was also the duty of any presiding judge to protect the said constitution and its interpretations whenever the need arises.

“The Plaintiff is entitled to be heard before his property or money can be seized.

“Doing otherwise will amount to denying him a fair hearing and constitutional rights”, he said.

The judge turned down Fayose’s plea for a perpetual injunction restraining the agency from further tampering with his property.

He also turned down the governor’s request for EFCC to pay him N5billion as exemplary damages.

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EFCC’s lead counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo was absent at the court.

However, Fayose’s lead counsel, Ozekhome, described the judgment as the best to be so made against the agency.

He said the ruling would checkmate the agency against years of brazen arbitrariness and excesses.

Recall that the EFCC had on June 21, 2016, confiscated Governor Fayose’s accounts.

The anticrime agency said the accounts contained a sum of N2.99billion which was traceable to Dasuki’s arms deal money.