Legal Nigeria

Fayose lauds judgment on re-opening of his bank accounts


Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has described the judgment of the Ado-Ekiti Federal High Court declaring as illegal the freezing of his bank accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as a welcome development.

The governor, who stated this in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said that the judgement was a defeat of what he characterised as the “creeping fascism” of the APC-led Federal Government.

“The trial judge ordered the EFCC to immediately de-freeze the said accounts. This, again, is a welcome development,” the outspoken governor said.

“In his ruling, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said the EFCC viciously violated the laws of the land by deliberately neglecting to follow due process and laid down regulations in freezing my bank accounts.

“This judgment is, in its totality, a welcome development. It is not victory to me alone but also to all other Nigerians whose rights to hold property, to fair hearing, liberty and the pursuit of legitimate goals have been viciously assaulted by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“I salute the courage of Justice Taiwo and encourage all other Nigerian judges to stand firm as defenders of the rights of the citizens against creeping fascism,” he said while listing off his opposition to some of the moves of the Buhari administration, which he addressed as being destructive to the political system.