By Innocent Anaba
A Lagos High Court hasÂ granted a leave to Chief Great Ogboru and Mr. Ted Turner Ogboru and their company, Fiogret Limited, leave to enforce their fundamental rights against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Trial judge in the matter, Justice Bukola Adebiyi, also ordered that the leave shall operate as a stay of all actions on the matters relating to the applicantsâ€™ alleged indebtedness to Afribank Nigeria Plc to the tune of N1.7 billion, pending the determination of the case.
The Inspector-General of Police, State Security Service (SSS), Attorney-General of the Federation, Central Bank of Nigeria, and Afribank Nigeria Plc were also ordered to stay all actions on the mattter.
The court further declared that the applicants shall sue the first to the fifth respondents in their individual capacities as well as serving all the court processes on the respondents within seven days.
The orders were as a result ofÂ an application by the companyâ€™s counsel, Mr. McCarthy Mbadugha.
The case was later adjourned to September 7 for hearing.
In another development, the counsel to the plaintiffs, Mr. Mogbeyi Sagay (SAN), has petitioned the EFCC chair, Mrs. Farida Waziri, the CBN Governor, Mr. Lamido Sanusi, the new Group Managing Director of Afribank, Mr. Nebolisa Arah and others that the N1.7 billion debited against his clients was false and misleading.
The petition said: â€œIndeed, the indebtedness of our client and its contractual relationship with Afribank Nigeria Plc is presently a subject of litigation before Hon. Justice Abutu of the Federal High Court, Lagos.
â€œOn or about March 2, 2005, Afribank Nigeria Plc gave our client a Banking facility, which was evidence by letter reference HOLB/ELT/0220/2005 of March 2, 2005. it was a 90 days revolving, $3, 000, 000 US Dollars Import finance facility for the importation of fish. The term of the facility was for 12 months certainâ€, he added.