The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday faulted an order by a Federal High Court asking it to defreeze the bank accounts of Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti.
The court sitting in Ado-Ekiti and presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo had earlier in the day ordered Zenith Bank to immediately unfreeze Fayose’s two bank accounts.
The judge said the EFCC did not adhere to laid down regulations in ordering the bank to freeze the accounts. The accounts were frozen on June 21 over suspicion that they were receptacles of crime proceeds. EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said the commission had taken steps to appeal against the order.
Uwujaren said, “The EFCC’s has been drawn to the order by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti, state asking it to defreeze the accounts of Governor Ayo Fayose in Zenith Bank. “While the commission awaits the certified copy of the ruling, it is important to point out that this order contradicts another order by Justice M. B Idris of the Federal High Court, Lagos.
“The first order gave the commission the nod to freeze the accounts pending the conclusion of investigation. “This order from a court of coordinate jurisdiction was not set aside by Justice Taiwo. “In spite of this, the commission has taken immediate steps to appeal against the order by Justice Taiwo”, he said.