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EFCC can freeze state government’s accounts

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The Federal Court docket of Enchantment, Makurdi Division, has overturned the judgment of the Federal Excessive Court docket, Makurdi holding the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, from freezing the account of Benue State Authorities for the aim of investigations, and not using a courtroom order.

 

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice M.S. Hassan on Thursday, September 22, 2022, the appellate courtroom held that, the EFCC has powers to put any account, (state governments’ accounts inclusive) on PND for 72hours, for the aim of investigations, and not using a courtroom order. The courtroom additionally put aside the N50million damages awarded in opposition to the EFCC by the decrease courtroom.

 

Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal Excessive Court docket, Makurdi, had on Tuesday, February 2, 2019 delivered a judgment, holding the EFCC from inserting a PND on the account of Benue State authorities. Dissatisfied with the judgment, the Fee approached the Court docket of Enchantment.

 

EFCC counsel, Steve Odiase, canvassed robust arguments in opposition to the sooner judgment and the appellate courtroom held that the EFCC acted inside its powers to freeze the account of Benue State authorities.

 

The courtroom additionally held that banks are legally sure to obey orders from the EFCC on PND.

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