Nigeria: Court Restrains AGF, ICPC From Seizing Yari's Properties

20 August 2019

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja, has restrained the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) from seizing or interfering with the assets and properties belonging to the immediate past Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari.

The court in its ruling on an ex-parte motion for interim injunctions, moved by Yari's lawyer, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), also restrained the ICPC and AGF from interfering with Yari's enjoyment of the rights enshrined in sections 34, 35, 37, 41 and 43 of the Constitution.

Justice Taiwo equally directed parties in the case to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

The judge said the orders made, are to subsist pending the determination of the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the ex-governor.

The orders granted in the judge's ruling on yesterday include: An order of interim injunction retraining the respondents from seizing, impounding, taking over, confiscating or otherwise forfeiting the assets and properties of the applicant wherever they may be located within Nigeria or anywhere else in the world pending the hearing and determination of the hearing and determination of the notion on notice.

It also included an order of interim injunction restraining the respondents from unlawfully interfering with the applicants' rights to Sections 34, 35, 37, 41 and 43 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) until the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

In the same vein, it An order of this honourable court directing the parties to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

The ex-governor, in seeking the orders granted on Monday, stated that he has been subjected to various forms of intimidation, arrest and detention based on spurious allegations by some powerful elements of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against him to the agents of the 1st and 2nd respondents (AGF and ICPC).

"These individuals thus decided to carry out a vendetta and revenge against the applicant including instigating the respondents against the applicant upon their spurious conclusion without evidence that the applicant was guilty of corrupt practices as former governor of Zamfara State and was in breach of the Code of Conduct Act.

"This witch-hunt, is clearly politically motivated, baseless, and has been designed only to discredit and humiliate the applicant in a bid to decimate him politically and this court is statutory empowered to protect any violation against the applicant's fundamental rights.

"The 1st and 2nd respondents are determined on a follow up attack upon the applicant and his family by the use of allegations of wrongdoing which had been concocted against the applicant in 2019 immediately the Supreme Court decided all elected officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should step aside for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as an excuse to arrest the applicant and his wife and to arraign them on trumped up charges.

"The agents of the 2nd respondent invaded the applicant's private residence and nothing incriminating was ever found against The Applicant despite the several investigations carried out by the respondents."

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