A’Court Freezes Fayose’s Account, Another Refuses Metuh’s Foreign Medical Trip

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A Court of Appeal in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC the go-ahead to freeze the bank account of Ayo Fayose, governor of the state.

Justice J.S. Ikeyegha, who read the ruling of the three-man panel, directed the freezing of Fayose’s Zenith Bank account.

It will be recalled that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of a Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti had in December 2016 ordered the EFCC to defreeze the bank accounts frozen as a result of investigations into the money in the account, which were believed to be proceeds of illegal activities.

The EFCC, dissatisfied with the ruling had approached the Appellate Court to set aside the ruling of the lower court. The agency had argued that the order contradicted that of Justice M.B. Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos, which gave the Commission the legal backing to freeze the accounts until investigations were concluded.

The Appellate Court has now ruled in the favour of the EFCC.

Meanwhile, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on April 19, 2018, dismissed an application filed by a former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, seeking for an order to release his international passport to enable him travel to the United Kingdom, UK for medicals.

The application, which was made through his counsel, Emeka Etiaba, SAN, on March 16, 2018, was refused on the grounds that similar applications have been made on May 25, 2016 and February 23, 2017 respectively, with similar grounds contained therein. The trial judge thus wondered if truly Metuh was ill.

Justice Abang said: reference is hereby made to ground 5, ground 6, ground 7, ground 8, ground 9, ground 10, in the application filed by the first defendant, dated May 16, 2016.

“These grounds are the same grounds relied upon by the first defendant in ground 3, ground 4, ground 5, ground 6 in the instant application

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