Again, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has cried out that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen his accounts with Zenith Bank despite a court ruling ordering the unfreezing of the accounts.
While describing the act as part of the impunity the country has been subjected to under President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, he explained that the bank refused to honour his cheque on EFCC’s directive.
Ado Ekiti division of the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, had on December 13 ordered the unfreezing of the governor’s two accounts with Zenith bank frozen by the EFCC.
The anti-graft agency later filed a motion for stay of execution in the judgment unfreezing the accounts because it lacked merit.
But its motion was again dismissed as Justice Taiwo, while ruling on the motion filed by the EFCC against his judgment unfreezing the accounts and delivered on December 13 said “Once a judgment is being executed, you cannot stay the execution again.”
However, despite this ruling in favour of Fayose, the EFCC is said to have disregarded the court order and instructed Zenith bank not to allow the governor withdraw from those accounts.
“This is the impunity we are condemning. The bank and the EFCC got all the judgments of the court, but the agency still harassed the bank to act against the law. If I sent somebody with a cheque, they could give excuse but I was there myself; acts of impunity such as this cannot continue. We will challenge them,” Fayose said.
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The governor who said he has received revelation he would one day become “number one” in the country argued, “Have you noticed that every attempt to impeach me has failed? How I will get there (the number one position), don’t ask me.”
Meanwhile, Governor Fayose has called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to send the name of Justice Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) without further delay.
“Prof Osinbajo, a lawyer himself should know that it is dangerous to the unity of Nigeria and sustenance of democracy that it is now being insinuated that Justice Onnoghen is being denied appointment as substantive CJN on the basis of ethnicity and politics,” he said.
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