- The Federal High Court has said that no court in Nigeria can stop the EFCC from carrying out its investigative activities
- The court was responding to Governor Nasir El-Rufai's suit in which the EFCC is a defendant
- The court, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, told El-Rufai that he cannot stop the anti-graft agency from investigating him
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has been told by the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Binta Nyako that he cannot stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from investigating him, The Nation reports.
This came after El-Rufai sought the court's determination as to whether he adhered to the regulations of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in the sale of government houses from 2005 to 2007 while he was the the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He also sought the court's decision on whether the proceeds of the sale of federal government houses in the FCT between May 2005 – May 2007 were properly accounted for.
Even more, apart from seeking the court's opinion on whether the sum of N32 billion is missing from the proceeds of the said properties within the time-frame, El-Rufai also asked the court for a declaration that the sale of the houses in Abuja was conducted in accordance with the FEC.
Defendants in the suit filed by the governor include among some others, EFCC, FCT minister, Attorney General of the Federation an the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Responding to the governor's suit, the anti-graft agency claimed that he is trying to stop them from investigating his alleged fraudulent activities while he was a minister.
On his part, Justice Nyako held that no court can prevent the EFFC from carrying out its investigative functions.
He said: “No court, including this one, will allow itself to be used to shield anybody from being investigated by the 1st respondent.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a political group under the aegis of Nasiriyya Organisation Support Group (NOSG), had opened a campaign office in Jos, Plateau state to kick-start the presidential campaign of El-rufai ahead of 2023.
Speaking at the opening, the NOSG’s national chairman, Ibrahim Garkuwan-Rijau, said the group decided to commence putting structures across Nigeria at an early stage to enable them fully drive their quest to success.
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