Ekiti Assembly vs EFCC: Court delivers Judgment Jan 24

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A Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has fixed 24th January, 2018 for judgment on the suit filed by the Ekiti State House of Assembly against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Assembly filed the suit to restrain the anti-graft agency from launching a probe into its finances.

The state legislators led by Speaker Kola Oluwawole headed to the court seeking reliefs to stop the EFCC from arresting or detaining them from performing their functions.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, at the court’s sitting on Wednesday, set the date for the judgment after counsel to all parties adopted their briefs of argument.

Counsel to the Assembly, Mr. Peter Nwatu argued that the 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides for separation of power among the three arms of government.

He contended that there was no reason for a federal agency, as represented by the EFCC, to interfere in the business of a legislative arm of government established by the Constitution.

According to him, the Constitution is supreme over any agency of the federation including the EFCC on how funds are disbursed to the Assembly or how they are being appropriated.

Counsel to EFCC, Mr A. Akoja argued that agencies such as EFCC cannot be restricted from performing their statutory duties.

He urged the court to dismiss the suit filed by the plaintiffs for lacking merit.

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