Suit Seeking To Bar EFCC From Investigating Mrs Jonathan: EFCC Files Preliminary Objection

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed apreliminary objection to a suit filed by a non governmental organisation, the International Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Society, challenging the EFCC’s seizure of assets belonging to the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan .
The EFCC said in its application that the applicant does not have any locus standi to file a suit on the matter, adding that the suit did not show any cause of action by the anti-corruption agency.
At the resumed hearing on Wednesday the EFCC Counsel, Mrs O. Diribe, informed the court that the respondent, the EFCC had filed a preliminary objection to the suit in response to the earlier motion for enforcement of fundamental human right filed by the applicant.
The NGO’s counsel, Gabriel Egbule, had prayed the court for an adjournment to enable his team study the preliminary objection and respond to it since it was just served.
According to Egbule, the basis for filling the suit is that the applicant believed that the former First Lady is being unjustly prosecuted because of her political views.
The NGO alleged in the suit number CV/1027/17, illegal intimidation and harassment of Mrs Jonathan.
It is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the EFCC from further harassment and intimidation of the former First Lady.
It is also seeking the court to compel the EFCC to pay the sum of N5bn as compensation for violation of the fundamental human rights of Jonathan.
The NGO stated that the EFCC acted beyond its statutory powers when it embarked on the seizure of monies legitimately belonging to the former First Lady.
The Judge, Justice Angela Otaluka adjourned the matter till May 2, for hearing.

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