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Federal High Court orders EFCC to immediately defreeze Fayose's bank accounts

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Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti has ordered that Governor Ayodele

Fayose’s accounts in Zenith Bank be defrozen with immediate effect.

The accounts were frozen by the EFCC in June, this year.

However, in his landmark judgment today, Justice Taiwo Taiwo described

the EFCC action as illegal, wrongful, unlawful and unconstitutional.

The judge said the EFCC action breached the governor’s fundamental

rights to fair hearing, as the commission did not make him a party to

the proceedings for the interim freezing of the account.

He said that the EFCC suppressed facts by not disclosing to the court

that granted the interim freezing order that the two accounts that

were frozen belonged to Governor  who enjoys total constitutional

Justice Taiwo also said that the EFCC did not provide any credible

evidence empowering it to carry out the freezing of the accounts using

Zenith Bank as a proxy, whereas, Zenith Bank is a mere custodian and

not the owner of the accounts, which evidence has shown belong to the

The judge ruled that being a person covered fully by Section 308 of

the 1999 Constitution, no legal proceedings can be instituted against

Governor Fayose.
He also said that any law including some sections of the EFCC acts

like Sections 28, 31, and 44 that expropriate citizens rights must be

construed strictly and usually in favour of citizens whose properties

have been confiscated.
Governor Fayose’s Counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), hailed the judgment,

describing the judge as courageous and firm.
He said the judge, by the judgement laid to rest all the abracadabra

of the EFCC in illegally, wrongfully, unlawfully and

unconstitutionally going about on a rampage freezing Nigeria citizens

accounts with reckless abandon.
Ozekhome also said that Justice Taiwo further restored the hope of

Nigerians in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man and

woman and the guardian sentinel of the civil rights, liberties and

freedoms of Nigerians.