Court Halts EFCC, ICPC, DSS From Probing, Senate President, Bukola Saraki
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other agencies involved in the probe of Senate President Bukola Saraki over corruption allegations.
The EFCC had said it would investigate Saraki’s earning while he was the Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.
The commission reportedly seized some of his houses in the Ikoyi area of Lagos.
Saraki on Friday filed two separate fundamental rights enforcement suits before the court to challenge the decision of the EFCC to seize his houses.
Sunday Onubi, Saraki’s lawyer, charged Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation; Department of State Services; Muhammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police; Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC); and Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT); alongside the EFCC.
The court directed the parties to the suit to maintain the status quo by suspending the probe.
“By the provision of Order 4(3) of the Fundamental Rights Civil Procedure Rules, 2009, the court may, if satisfied that the applicant may be caused hardship before the service of an application where liberty or life of the applicant is involved hear the application ex parte upon such interim reliefs as the justice of the application may demand,” he held.
“There is no doubt that in making the interim reliefs or orders, the court is guided even in its exercise of its discretion judicially and judiciously applied by the law and statues.
“I am of the view, after due consideration of the aforesaid, that this court ought to make the order being sought by the applicant pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion on notice.”