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Rochas Okorocha and Saraki in trouble as EFCC accuses Judge of bias, demands his withdrawal from both Cases

Published by on July 5th, 2019.

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Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the federal High Court in Abuja was accused of exhibiting bias in favour of the formal Senate president, Bukola Saraki and the immediate pastfew governor of Imo state, I Rochas okorocha, in his handling of the cases filled.

The commission resulted to filling the fresh motion following the refusal by fge court’s chief Judge, Justice Adamu Kafarati, to transfer fge cases from Justice Taiwo’s court, as requested by the EFCC in a petition it earlier wrote against the Judge.
It was gathered the ground on which the efcc based it’s fresh motions includes that;

“His Lordship while sitting in Ekiti judiciary division of the federal High Court had in two previous cases involving formal governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, Attorney General of Ekiti state and officials of Ekiti state government given orders/decisions where in the respondent/applicant’s statutory powers to investigate economic and financial crimes were curtailed and gagged contrary to the established principles by superior courts.

One is suit quantity, FHC/advert/CS/32/2016 among A.G. Of Ekiti state vs. EFCC and 17 Ors, whilst the alternative has been upturned through the court docket of enchantment in appeal No. CA/EK/8C/2017 between EFCC V. Mr. Ayodele Fayose & Anor. “The 4th respondent/applicant does not count on to constantly win its instances earlier than this honourable court docket, however the fashion of selections/orders being made in opposition to it through my lord in instances in which it’s miles engaging in corruption/monetary crimes investigations. Has made it hard for it to agree with in my lord’s impartiality.

It faulted the ex-parte orders directing the respondents in the case, including the EFCC, “to stay all motion in reference to the situation count number of this healthy, to live all movement in connection with the problem rely of pending the dedication of this in shape.”

The commission stated the orders had an indefinite life span “considering that no person can country when the main case may be determined.” It delivered that the orders have been in the nature of interlocutory injunction “which mostly requires the aderse party to be placed on word.” The EFCC stated: “with out thinking about the advantage within the application vis a vis the venue of the alleged violation of the essential rights, the court made an interlocutory order without hearing from the respondents applicant. “it is well established felony precept that no court has the energy to forestall the investigative powers of the 4th respondent or any corporation set up below the legal guidelines to investigate crimes.

The commission said the orders had an indefinite existence span “on the grounds that nobody can state whilst the primary case can be determined.” It introduced that the orders have been inside the nature of interlocutory injunction “which typically calls for the aderse celebration to be placed on be aware.” The EFCC said: “without thinking about the benefit inside the software vis a vis the venue of the alleged violation of the essential rights, the courtroom made an interlocutory order without hearing from the respondents applicant. “it is properly mounted prison precept that no courtroom has the power to stop the investigative powers of the 4th respondent or any company established under the legal guidelines to research crimes.” The fee argued that the orders issued by way of the court on might also 9 and can 14, confined it from appearing its statutory duty. Different respondents in both instances the lawyer-general of the Federation (AGF), the department of country services (DSS), the Inspector-general of Police (IGP), the impartial Corrupt Practices and different related offences commission (ICPC) and the Code of behavior Bureau. The EFCC had, in its in advance petition to Justice Kafarati, may additionally 21, accused Justice Taiwo of being bias against it. In the petition, signed through the EFCC’s appearing chairman, Ibrahim Magu, the commission similarly complained about the ex parte orders made by Justice Taiwo on may 9 and 14, restraining the commission from continuing its investigations of sure corruption allegations against Saraki, and Okorocha.

It asked within the petition the re-assignment of the 2 men’s instances and all other ones involving it inside the judge’s docket to some other judge of the court docket. It also recalled within the petition how the choose, out of alleged bias whilst sitting inside the Ado-Ekiti division of the courtroom, gave rulings in favour of a former governor of Ekiti nation, Ayo Fayose. In their separate responses, Okorocha and Saraki urged Justice Kafarati to ignore the request via the EFCC, arguing that it was baseless. Saraki and Okorocha also contended that the orders made of their favour through the decide had been justified because of the instances of alleged harassment by means of the fee leading to their decision to report the cases wherein the decide issued the restraining orders. When the cases got here up on Thursday, July 4, Justice Taiwo drew events’ attention to the fresh motions by way of the EFCC, to which attorneys to Saraki and Okorocha sought time to reply to.

The Judge consequently adjourned both instances until September 27, 2019 for the hearing of the motions.



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