Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja has upheld the order gotten by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seal some properties linked to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, reports The Punch.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had on July 20, 2016, granted the anti-graft agency an order of interim forfeiture of the properties for a period of 45 days which lapsed on September 4.
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Dimgba gave the order of interim forfeiture on the strength of EFCC’s claim that it was carrying out a criminal investigation into the proceeds used to acquire the properties.
The seized houses, comprised four units of four-bedroom at Chalets 3, 4, 6 and 9, Plot 100 Tiamiyu Salvage, Victoria Island, Lagos; 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja and Plot 1504 Yedseram Street, Maitama, Abuja.
Justice Dimgba, in a bench ruling on Monday in an application filed by Fayose seeking the release of the said properties, held that the EFCC could not continue to seal the houses on the account of the lapsed order made on July 20, 2016.
Justice Dimgba, however, held that he could not order the EFCC to unseal the properties because of a fresh order made by Justice Okon Abang of the same Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on November 3, 2016.
The judge also held that the governor was entitled to approach Justice Abang’s court with his application for the setting aside of the order made on November 3.
- News 24