The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday stopped proceedings in the ongoing trial of the former Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, and others.
Justice Taiiwo Oladipupo Taiwo in a ruling, described the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s act in obtaining an ex-parte order for the freezing of bank accounts of some of the defendants in the matter before another court as “an abuse of court process.”
According to the Judge, the EFCC’s conduct was a “forum shopping” adding that it was aimed at getting a favourable court judgment,
He also stated that the anti-corruption agency’s conduct was reprehensible and condemnable.
The judge who ordered a stay of proceedings in the trial until the EFCC and its lawyer “do the needful”, did not fix any date for the court to reconvene sitting on the matter.
However, he fixed the ruling on the matter until today, March 3.
It can be recalled that the EFCC had filed an ex-parte motion with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/1202/2020 before Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo for the freezing of the bank accounts of 4th, 5th and 6th defendants in the alleged N570 million money laundering charge preferred against the ex-HoS and others, even when the matter is ongoing before Justice Taiwo.