June 6, 2023
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EFCC Seeks Stay of Execution on Assets Linked To Governor Yahaya Bell

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a motion for stay of execution of the ruling by a Federal High Court, Lagos on 14 properties and the sum of N400 million allegedly linked to Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi.

On April 26, Justice Nicholas Oweibo had struck out a suit by the EFCC seeking the final forfeiture of the property on the grounds of provisions of Section 308(1) of the constitution. 

The law provides immunity for a sitting governor from any civil/criminal prosecution, as such, the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter. 

Upon resumed hearing, counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court of an application dated April 27, seeking a stay of execution of the ruling pending the outcome of the appeal on the case.

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The respondent’s lawyer, Akoh Ocheni, filed an application seeking to strike out the agency’s request for stay of execution. 

He argued that the anti-graft agency failed to comply with the rules of the court by not filing a written address and attaching it to the application.

Justice Oweibo adjourned the matter indefinitely.

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