By Tony Nwanne
The Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, is to rule on December 2 in an application by Governor Ayo Fayose challenging the freezing of his personal bank accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Taiwo Taiwo fixed the date after parties adopted their written addresses and other evidences.
The EFCC, on June 24, froze Fayose’s accounts, claiming they were used to launder about N1.3 billion of the N4.7 billion arms cash from ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Fayose sued the EFCC and Zenith Bank, alleging persecution by the anti-graft agency and breach of privacy of his account by the bank.
The governor, through his counsel, Mike Ozekhome, argued that EFCC’s action was illegal, unconstitutional and an infringement on his rights.
He said EFCC acted contrary to Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, which granted immunity to a sitting governor not to be prosecuted in either civil or criminal matters.
The senior lawyer argued that Fayose’s accounts wouldn’t have been frozen, if the judge was aware that the order so obtained was against the accounts of a sitting governor.