- The Appeal Court has ruled in favour of the governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose
- The court in its ruling said the application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission lacks merit
- Fayose's counsel Mike Ozekhome said the court's ruling is another victory over tyranny in Nigeria
An Appeal Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti state has dismissed an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the freezing of Ekiti state governor Ayodele Fayose's accounts.
The court in its ruling on Tuesday, June 20, said the application for an injunction for a restraining order filed by the anti-graft agency against the governor lacks merit.
The court also said the EFCC suppressed material facts in the matter.
The Appeal Court said: "EFCC did not come with clean hands on the application for injunction it filed because it suppressed material facts, for example that a similar application the EFCC filed was earlier refused by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti."
NAIJ.com had reported how a Federal High Court in Ekiti ordered the EFCC to unfreeze the accounts of the state governor.
The court in its ruling had said that the anti-graft agency acted against due process by freezing Fayose's account.
Also, in Tuesday's ruling, the Appeal court said the motion sought by the EFCC is based on a mere speculation.
In the judgement given by Justice Fatima Omoro, the Appeal Court said the EFCC failed to attach the notice of appeal and FHC's judgement of December 13, 2016.
Omoro also said the EFCC's intelligence report claiming to have received that money was paid into Fayose's account by a former minister of defence Musiliu Obanikoro was also not attached.
She said: "The court does not embark on speculation.”
The court also said that Fayose as a sitting governor had immunity and is yet to be tried or found guilty by any court for bank fraud.
Commending the court on its judgement, counsel to the governor Mike Ozekhome said, the court's decision is another victory over tyranny.
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Ozekhome urged the EFCC to learn to act within the laws of Nigeria and desist from hiding under the fight against corruption to commit illegalities.
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