Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, dismissed a suit filed by former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, challenging the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s power to freeze their Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) accounts without a valid court order.
Dariye and his son, Nanle, had in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1457/2021 challenged the EFCC’s decision to freeze the accounts while the former was serving a jail term at Kuje correctional centre.
The commission and CSCS Plc were listed as defendants in the suit.
In the originating summons filed by their lawyer, the plaintiffs asked the court to determine whether the defendants were entitled in view of Section 34 (1) of the EFCC Act to freeze Dariye’s account number: 72515276 with CSCS and that of his son by placing a caution on the operation of the accounts without obtaining an order of the court to do so.
They, therefore, sought an order directing the defendants to lift forthwith the caution placed on the operation of their accounts.
In an affidavit attached to the application, Dariye’s brother, Dr. Haruna, averred that the former governor, who was granted a presidential pardon by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2022 was an investor with substantial shareholdings in several companies listed in the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
He said Nanle also had substantial shareholdings in some companies listed in the NSE.
He listed the companies in which they had investments to include Nigerian Breweries Plc, FBN Holdings Plc, UBA Plc, UACN Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc, Friesland Campina Nigeria Plc, and many others.
In his ruling, Justice Ekwo dismissed the suit for lack of merit.
He held that EFCC acted properly when it took steps to comply with the order of the court that convicted Dariye.
The judge declared that provisions of Section 34(1) of the EFCC Act were not applicable in the circumstance of the case.
He said: “This is not a situation where the 1st defendant (EFCC) needed to obtain ex-parte order of the court to take the steps it did on this matter.”
The judge noted that the finding also exonerated CSCS of any wrong against Dariye and his son.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
SPECIAL REPORT: Shell’s inaccurate data raises questions around efforts to control methane emissions in Nigeria
Much worse for the environment than carbon dioxide, despite global efforts to control methane, emissions continue soaring. With over a...
FEATURE…Missing Rig Workers: Tragedy, Injustice and the Depthwize cabal
The serene landscape of Ovhor in Delta State bore witness to a disaster that shook the nation’s conscience. The capsize...
FEATURE… In the shadow of kidnappers: The story of Nigeria’s albatross
For decades, Nigeria has been grappling with a problem that has threatened the safety and stability of its people: kidnapping....
FEATURE: The falling standard of education in Nigeria today: Whose Fault?
Over the years, education has proven to be the fulcrum facilitating national development in any state. Through education, knowledge is...
INVESTIGATION: Failed multi-million naira constituency water projects litter Sokoto communities
Many rural communities in Sokoto State are at the risk of an outbreak of diarrhea and other diseases due to...