Seizure of Fayose’s properties doesn’t violate his immunity, says court

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday validated its order made on July 20, 2016 authorising the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to seize some properties belonging to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, pending the completion of an ongoing investigation.

"It is my considered opinion that the order of court, made on July 20, 2016 in respect of some property of the applicant, and within the limited scope and duration within which it was obtained, was duly procured and does not offend the provision of the Constitution referred to," the judge ruled.

He added, "Although Section 308 of the Constitution serves to isolate governors of states from the distraction of litigation and legal proceedings, to enable them to attend to official responsibilities, it should not be interpreted in such a way as to defeat the fight against corruption, to mean that the EFCC or other investigating agencies cannot take a peep into the assets or personal accounts of a serving governor in the execution of a strictly worded and mutually supervised interim attachment orders for the purposes of obtaining evidence for use in future when the immunity has lapsed."

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