Court Orders EFCC, Two Banks To Pay Benue Govt. N100m Over Illegal Freezing Of Accounts

Benue Government Defeats EFCC In Court A Federal tribunal sitting in Makurdi has ordered the Economic and money Crimes Commission (EFCC) and 2 banks to conjointly pay the total of N100 million to the Benue authorities, Naija News understands. The EFCC and therefore the 2 banks – United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Fidelity Bank – are being penalised for lawlessly freeze the accounts of the authorities last year. Delivering judgment within the suit filed by the Benue authorities difficult the lawfulness of the EFCC’s action, Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon on Tuesday, ordered the anti-graft agency to pay the Benue authorities the total of N50 million as damages, whereas each banks are to pay the total of N25 million every. Justice Olajuwon declared that the accounts of the Benue authorities that were frozen, don’t fall among the categories or classes of accounts susceptible to be frozen by the EFCC. She declared the action of the anti-corruption body as hot, null and void, language that the order by the EFCC to the affected Banks to freeze the accounts wasn’t obtained from a Federal tribunal. The Judge, thereafter, granted AN order of perpetual injunction restraining the EFCC from additional freeze State Government’s accounts domiciled in money establishments. Court Orders EFCC, 2 Banks To Pay Benue Govt. N100m. terribly good!!! Next time efcc ought to mind they business and stop taking directions from lifeless! Frozen state account… Stupid app govt!!! — John Grace (@JohnGra60799908) February 12, 2019 Reacting to the judgment, the Benue prosecuting attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. archangel Gusa delineate the judgment as sound, adding that the Ortom administration believes within the rule of law and due process of law, and wouldn’t fail to challenge any act of unlawfulness on the State. Naija News remembers the EFCC had ordered the freeze of the accounts of Benue authorities in UBA and Fidelity Bank when Governor Samuel Ortom defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples party (PDP) on the premise that the governor’s security vote was being investigated. Consequently, the authorities, through the workplace of the professional General and Commissioner for Justice, approached the court seeking a declaration that EFCC acted against the law once it directed the banks to freeze its accounts.

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