Fayose’s ac­counts re­main frozen as court ad­journs to Sept 30

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

The Fed­eral High Court sit­ting in Ado Ek­iti yes­ter­day ad­journed hear­ing till Septem­ber 30, in the case in­sti­tuted by Ek­iti state Gov­er­nor Ay­o­dele Fayose against the Economic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion over the freez­ing of his two ac­counts domi­ciled at the Ado Ek­iti branch of Zenith Bank.

Jus­tice Taiwo Taiwo gave the new date on the request of Fayose’s coun­sel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), to en­able him study and re­spond to is­sues raised by the EFCC in its reply to a mo­tion on no­tice dated 23rd June, 2016 wherein the ap­pli­cant sought an order lift­ing the re­stric­tion placed on Fayose’s ac­counts with the bank.

Coun­sel to the EFCC, Mr. Ro­timi Oyedepo had filed a 10-para­graph coun­ter­af­fi­davit with a lone ex­hibit.

The EFCC coun­sel fur­ther said that the agency had on the 29th of June re­ceived an order of the court di­rect­ing the com­mis­sion to ap­pear and show why a manda­tory order be­ing asked by Fayose should not be granted to un­freeze the two ac­counts.

This was supported with 10-para­graph af­fi­davit with nine dif­fer­ent ex­hibits marked EFCC 01-09. He said that the plain­tiff and the 2nd re­spon­dent had been duly served.

The court had on June 28 or­dered the EFCC and the Zenith Bank to ap­pear be­fore it and show cause why Fayose’s re­stricted ac­counts in the bank should not be lifted.

Fayose had in an ex- parte mo­tion deposed to by Bimpe Olatemiju prayed the court to grant a manda­tory order lift­ing the ban placed on the said ac­counts, de­scrib­ing the EFCC’s ac­tion as an in­frac­tion and brazen in­fringe­ment on ab­so­lute im­mu­nity con­ferred on Fayose by Sec­tion 308 of the 1999 con­sti­tu­tion.

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