- The Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled in favour of former Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari
- The suit seeking to investigate the former governor for fraud by the EFCC has been struck out
- A group had earlier approached the court to compel the anti-graft agency to probe Yari
A report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), indicates that the Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the request by a group, Patriots for the Advancement of Peace and Social Development (PAPS), to probe former Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari.
PAPS had approached the court in an exparte application to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate Yari for alleged misappropriation of N900 billion.
The group's request for an investigation was turned down during a hearing presided over by Justice Okon Abang on Thursday, February 4.
Justice Abang who dismissed the suit for lacking in merit also held that the application was filed out of time.
The judge maintained that in line with the rules, the court lacks jurisdiction to extend the time for hearing such a matter as it is statute-barred.
This development is coming after the former governor was grilled by the EFCC over an alleged N300 billion attempted money laundering.
Yari was suspected to have attempted to move the cash through a company’s account in a new generation bank.
Don't allow FG, EFCC retry me, Kalu begs court
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Federal High Court in Abuja has been called upon by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to stop the EFCC from retrying him.
In an ex parte order filed by his lawyer, Awa Kalu, the senator appealed to the court to prohibit any anti-graft agency from prosecuting him on the ground that no extant judgment and ruling of a competent court in the country has ordered his retrial.
Moreover, the motion brought before Justice Inyang Ekwo claimed that since he had been charged, convicted, and sentenced on the same charges of money laundering, it would be a double tragedy to go through the court processes again.