The Federal Top Court docket in Abuja on Friday ordered the Nigerian executive to forestall additional motion in its bid to take hold of the valuables of the immediate-past governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari.
The order used to be focused on the Legal professional-Normal of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), who’re the respondents within the swimsuit filed by way of Mr Yari.
The pass judgement on, Nkeonye Maha, gave the order all through a court docket listening to within the swimsuit Mr Yari instituted to forestall the AGF and the EFCC from seizing his belongings over alleged fraud.
Mr Yari in his exparte utility anchored his argument on phase 46(1) and (3) of the 1999 Charter and order four rule Three and four of the Basic Rights (Enforcement Process) Laws 2009.
Following this, the pass judgement on on August 26 ordered the AGF and the anti-graft company to look ahead of it to turn reason why the request of the previous governor to restrain them from taking any motion in opposition to his belongings will have to now not be granted.
Mr Yari’s place of abode used to be raided on August Five by way of the EFCC. However he mentioned the raid used to be carried out with out legitimate court docket orders. He additionally requested the court docket to forestall the EFCC’s ongoing investigation into allegations of fraud in opposition to him.
However all through the court docket consultation on Friday, the EFCC suggest, Hussaina Gambo, knowledgeable the court docket that the company complied with the order of the court docket, however that its counter affidavit used to be filed overdue, therefore it used to be now not but within the court docket’s report.
“We gained the order of this court docket on August 28 at Three p.m. and we are meant to reply inside of 48 hours, which we did round 12 midday nowadays with a sworn statement to turn reason in accordance with the order made by way of this court docket. No steps were taken to obstruct the management of justice,” Ms Gambo mentioned.
On his phase, the attorney-general, represented by way of Abdulahi Abubakar, a predominant state suggest within the Federal Ministry of Justice, additionally knowledgeable the court docket that the AGF had filed a counter affidavit in compliance with the order of the court docket on why the AGF will have to now not be restrained from taking motion in opposition to Mr Yari.
Mr Abubakar additional advised the court docket that the AGF is a nominal birthday celebration within the topic for the reason that investigation of the previous governor is being only undertaken by way of the EFCC.
Alternatively, Mr Yari’s suggest, Mahmud Magaji, pleaded with the court docket to make an order in opposition to the 2 respondents to not take any motion in opposition to his shopper pending the resolution of his basic human rights swimsuit.
Mentioning a number of government to reinforce his submissions, Mr Magaji claimed that, having joined problems with each and every different, not one of the events is predicted to take any step that can pervert the management of justice until the problem is totally made up our minds by way of the court docket.
Giving a brief ruling, the pass judgement on agreed that the topic can not cross on as a result of the overdue submitting of counter affidavit by way of the 2 respondents.
Ms Maha directed events within the topic to not take any motion that can obstruct the management of justice because it pertains to the moment swimsuit.
She, subsequently, adjourned the topic to September 5, for additional listening to.