EFCC, ICPC Call for Dismissal of Keyamo’s Suit Seeking Atiku’s Probe

EFCC, ICPC Call for Dismissal of Keyamo’s Suit Seeking Atiku’s Probe

  • Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to dismiss Festus Keyamo's suit against ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar
  • The EFCC and ICPC made this appeal at the resumption of hearing in Abuja on Thursday, May 4
  • Similarly, Atiku's legal counsel faulted the suit, pointing out its lack of compliance with legal procedures

FCT, Abuja - The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) have called for the dismissal of Festus Keyamo's suit at the Federal High Court Abuja seeking the probe of ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

As reported by Channels TV online, the two anti-graft agencies said the suit of the senior lawyer lacked competence and should be immediately dismissed.

Keyamo, Atiku
Keyamo's suit was filed following the circulation of an audio where Atiku was accused of explaining how some organisations were set up to divert public funds. Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei
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Keyamo's suit concerns the viral audio where Atiku allegedly explained how some organisations were set up to divert public funds.

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To that effect, the serving minister of state for labour and employment wrote to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), the EFCC and the ICPC, calling for the probe of Atiku.

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At the resumption of the hearing, the counsel to the anti-graft agencies appealed to the presiding judge, Justice James Omotosho, to dismiss the suit due to its lack of compliance with the statutory provision of filing a lawsuit, TheCable reported.

Atiku's legal team faults Keyamo's suit

Similarly, Atiku’s counsel, Benson Igbanoi, also faulted the competence of the suit as he accused Keyamo of abusing office.

He asked the court to decline jurisdiction, among other grounds, that the plaintiff disclosed no cause of action.

Counsel for Keyamo prayed to the court to dismiss the objections raised by the defendants and proceed to hear the case on merit.

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After taking arguments from all the parties, Justice James Omotosho adjourned the case to June 5 for a ruling on the preliminary objections.

Keyamo’s $300,000 U.S. House: “EFCC Should Launch Probe Now”, Atiku Demands, Gives

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Atiku had urged the EFCC to go after APC chieftain and minister of state for labour and productivity, Festus Keyamo (SAN).

The PDP flagbearer called on the anti-graft agency to investigate the minister's finances, especially his foreign assets.

Atiku also asked the National Assembly to publish its investigation report on the N52 billion special works programme implemented by Keyamo.

Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

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