Court Orders EFCC To Unblock Fayose’s Account

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes commission, EFCC, to unfreeze all currently blocked accounts belonging to Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose.

The judge, Taiwo Taiwo, gave the ruling at about on Tuesday after considering the arguments of respective counsels on the matter.

The judge also said the decision of the commission to freeze the account, without considering first the arguments or opinion of Mr. Fayose on the matter, amounted to abuse of the defendant’s fundamental rights to fair hearing.

Mr. Taiwo said the act, as perpetrated by the EFCC, was illegal, wrongful and unconstitutional.

He noted that the defendant was a sitting governor who enjoys immunity as enshrined by the constitution and the decision of the EFCC to have acted as it did, amounted to a breach of the constitution.

Mr. Taiwo also ruled that the decision of the commission to freeze his account through the banks, without making Mr. Fayose a party to the process was illegal.

When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the spokesperson for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, he said he had not seen the judgement.