Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop probing Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The judge gave the order following 2 separate human rights enforcement suits (marked FHC/ABJ/CS/507/2019 and FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2019) filed by the senate president through his lawyer, Mr. Sunday Onubi, over the seizure of his properties by the anti-graft.
“I am of the view, after due consideration of the aforesaid averment, that this court ought to make the order being sought by the applicant pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion on notice,” the judge said in his ruling.
“To do otherwise and not to restrain the respondents by asking them not to stay action will result in the court being faced with a fait accompli,” he added.
Naija Buzz had reported how the EFCC seized Saraki’s properties located on 15, and 16 MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State.
The EFCC also sealed off the house on 17 MacDonald Road over suspicions that it belongs to the senate president.
The said properties were part of the case against Saraki which he won at the Supreme Court in 2017.
In his order, Justice Taiwo also restrained the the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu; Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; the Department of State Services (DSS); the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC); and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from probing Saraki until the determination of his suits.
He instructed the applicant to serve the court ruling on the respondents (EFCC, IGP, AGF, DSS, ICPC and CCT). The judge also ordered the respondents to respond with 5 days of being served.
The case was adjourned till May 23, 2019.
We reported how Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the Chairman of the EFCC, had revealed that the anti-graft only go after corrupt individuals when he was asked why the commission was re-opening investigation into a case already won by Saraki at the Supreme Court.
The EFCC further noted that the senate president need not to be shaken provided he has no skeleton in his cupboards.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.