22 November 2012

Nigeria: Court Turns Down EFCC's Plea to Seize Fayose's Passport

Ado Ekiti — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Thursday made a futile bid to convince the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti to confiscate the international passport of the former Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The former governor is facing the criminal charge of alleged misappropriation of the sum of N1.2billion being the sum of money earmarked for the state's integrated poultry project while he was in the office.

When the matter came up for hearing, the anti graft prosecution counsel, Mr. Adeniyi Adebisi from Rotimi Jacobs Chambers, had raised the objection before Justice Adamu Hobon over the former governor's consistent holding of international passport, despite court's pronouncement that the passport be deposited in its custody.

According to the counsel, one of the major conditions reached to secure bail for Fayose at EFCC office in Lagos was that, his interna- tional passport should be in the court's custody pending the determ- ination of the case.

In his ruling, Justice Hobon averred that the status quo should be maintained since no reported case of abuse had been reported against the former Governor by EFCC.

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