Stella Dimoko Court Orders EFCC, Banks To Pay Benue Government N100m


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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Court Orders EFCC, Banks To Pay Benue Government N100m

A Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi on Tuesday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) United Bank of Africa, UBA and Fidelity Bank to pay Benue state government N100 for freezing its accounts last year.

Delivering judgement in the suit number FHC/MKD/CS/46/2018 filed by the Benue State Government challenging the legality of the EFCC freezing its accounts, Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon ordered the anti-graft commission to pay the Benue State Government the sum of N50 million as damages, while UBA and Fidelity are to each pay the sum of N25 million.

Justice Olajuwon stated the Benue State government accounts frozen do not fall within the classes or categories of accounts liable to be frozen by the EFCC.

She declared the action of the EFCC as illegal, null and void, saying the order to the affected Banks to freeze Benue State accounts was not obtained from a Federal High Court. The Judge thereafter granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining EFCC from further freezing Benue State Government accounts domiciled in financial institutions.

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  1. Interestingly interesting. Why is EFCC always paying for damages instead of the other way round? I believe it has to do with the commission's unprofessionalism and illegality in approaching cases. I can count how many times they have been told to pay fines for damages. Smh....

  2. Politics. All because he refused to be 4by 4 level.

    Shame on efcc and shame on fgn using this against people who are not for them

  3. will efcc pay the fine? please the banks involved should learn their lesson. banks please don't charge your customers illegally to pay up

  4. It's good to remind EFCC that they are not above the law

  5. pls educate me o,if the banks and efcc fails to carry out the order how will d court ensure day do that?


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