An application by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, asking a Federal High Court in Abuja, to order the release of his six houses earlier seized by the anti-graft agency through a previous court order has been opposedOpposing the governor’s application in a counter-affidavit, the EFCC gave reasons why the assets could not yet be released to him.
The EFCC said the houses located in Lagos and Abuja were seized through a court order earlier obtained on July 20, 2016.
It said the houses were seized while it was investigating the governor in relation to various offences including diversion of public funds.
The EFCC explained that it had since found out that in the course of investigating Fayose, that the houses were acquired through third parties.
It said it had identified the third parties and had moved against them.
It added that application by Fayose seeking the setting aside of the July 20 order for the seizure of the house was no longer as the houses had been discovered to have been bought by new set of people and a new order had been issued against them.
Fayose had filed the fresh application asking a Federal High Court in Abuja to vacate the July 20 order for temporary forfeiture of his houses.
The houses included four units of 4-bedroom at Chalets 3, 4, 6 and 9 Plot 100 Tiamiyi Salvage V. I. Lagos.
The rest are, 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja and Plot 1504 Yedseram Street, Maitama, Abuja.
The EFCC said, in its counter affidavit, that its investigation had revealed that the houses were acquired through companies known as J.J. Technical Service, Spotless Investment Limited and one Mrs. Moji Ladeji.
It said at the expiration of the July 20 order given by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba (of the Federal High Court, Abuja) for 45 days, it went before another judge of the court – Justice Okon Abang – for a new order of interim forfeiture granted on November 3 this year.
The EFCC argued that in view of the new interim order of forfeiture, which is to last until the case against the new owners of the properties is concluded, Fayose’s motion now before Justice Dimgba had become an academic exercise.
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