June 29, 2016

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

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

Ayo Fayose

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

Ado Ekiti—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

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.

Ekiti youths protest against EFCC, FG

Meantime, hundreds of youths from tertiary institutions in Ekiti State, yesterday protested against perceived selective anti-graft war by EFCC, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari must ensure that his anti-corruption war cuts across board if indeed he desires to convince Nigerians that his administration stands for true change.

The students, who represented several tertiary institutions such as Ekiti State University, EKSU, Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, POLYADO, Ikere College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti and College of Health and Technology, Ijero-Ekiti among others, displayed placards with various inscriptions such as: ‘Nigerians are suffering under Buhari’s govt’, ‘Enough of political harassment in the name of fighting corruption’, ‘Buhari, obey court orders and respect human rights, we are in democracy!’ and ‘enough of selective anti-corruption fight by EFCC/ICPC among others.

They marched from the Fajuyi park towards Ojumose roundabout in the state capital, Ado-Ekiti, chanting hate songs against the government.

Leaders of the various students who include Ibrahim Oladimeji EKSU, Ayegbusi Paul, (POLYADO), Oyebade Adeyemi (IJERO), Onilearo Gbenga, (COLLEGE), addressed the crowds who followed them in droves.