A Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from investigating Bukola Saraki known as the Senate President of Nigeria.
The EFCC had earlier stated that it would investigate Saraki’s earning while he was the Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.
Bukola Saraki, who labelled the investigation by the EFCC as a witch-hunt, went to the court, filing two charges in order to restrain the anti-graft agency from probing his earnings and emoluments.
Sunday Onubi identified as Saraki’s lawyer, charged Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation; Department of State Services; Muhammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police; Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC); and Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT); together with the EFCC.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo, the Judge, who presided over the case ordered the EFCC to suspend the probe.
While delivering the ruling, Justice Taiwo made it clear that the interim order is in the exercise of “its discretion judicially and judiciously applied by the law and statues.”
The Judge further stated:
“By the provision of Order 4(3) of the Fundamental Rights Civil Procedure Rules, 2009, the court may, if satisfied that the applicant may be caused hardship before the service of an application where liberty or life of the applicant is involved hear the application ex parte upon such interim reliefs as the justice of the application may demand.
I am of the view, after due consideration of the aforesaid, that this court ought to make the order being sought by the applicant pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion on notice.”