Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose on Thursday stormed the Ado-Ekiti branch of the Zenith Bank to make withdrawal from his hitherto frozen account following a Federal High Court order asking the bank to de-freeze the Governor’s account.
Governor Fayose, who made a withdrawal of five million Naira in cash, thanked Nigerians for standing with him and against the recklessness of the EFCC.
A Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti had on Tuesday, ordered that Governor Fayose’s accounts in Zenith Bank be de-frozen with immediate effect.
The accounts were frozen by the EFCC in June 2016.
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 a Governor who enjoys total constitutional immunity.
Fayose Storms Zenith Bank, Withdraws N5m
Justice Taiwo declared that apart from the immunity which Mr Fayose currently enjoyed as a sitting governor under section 308 of the constitution, it was wrong for the EFCC to have gone ahead to seize his two accounts in apparent perpetuity without first investigating him or making him a party.
He averred that rather than the EFCC freezing the Governor’s accounts directly through the third party who did not enjoy any mandate from him, Governor Fayose ought to have been first investigated and brought into the picture.
The judge described Fayose as “a genuinely deprived person who rushed to the court to seek constitutional protection”.