Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, has floored the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the latter’s renewed bid to freeze his account with Zenith Bank. Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Ekiti State High Court had earlier ruled that the account hitherto frozen be un-frozon. Dissatisfied, the EFCC on Tuesday asked the judge to stay execution. But Justice Taiwo declined, saying that it was impossible to stay an order that was already enforced. The judge also pointed out that Fayose being a governor is immune from prosecution. He clarified that the initial freeze order was given because the EFCC hid the identity of the defendant, which he said violated Fayose’s right to fair hearing.
“The matter was not instituted as a criminal suit, a court cannot go on a voyage of discovery to fish for facts to grant equitable remedy when the respondent averred that he had defendants and was ready to return the money if found liable at trial after his tenure,” the judge said.
The EFCC had frozen Fayose’s account following allegations that he received billions of state fund released by the Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA.