Court tells Elrufai that he cant stop the EFCC from investigating him
The Federal High Court has said that no court in Nigeria can stop the EFCC from carrying out its investigative activities – The court was responding to Governor Nasir El-Rufai‘s suit in which the EFCC is a defendant.
The court, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, told El-Rufai that he cannot stop the anti-graft agency from investigating him. This came after El-Rufai sought the court’s determination as to whether he adhered to the regulations of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in the sale of government houses from 2005 to 2007 while he was the the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He also sought the court’s decision on whether the proceeds of the sale of federal government houses in the FCT between May 2005 – May 2007 were properly accounted for. Apart from seeking the court’s opinion on whether the sum of N32 billion is missing from the proceeds of the said properties within the time-frame, El-Rufai also asked the court for a declaration that the sale of the houses in Abuja was conducted in accordance with the FEC.
Defendants in the suit filed by the governor include among some others, EFCC, FCT minister, Attorney General of the Federation an the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Responding to the governor’s suit, the anti-graft agency claimed that he is trying to stop them from investigating his alleged fraudulent activities while he was a minister. On his part, Justice Nyako held that no court can prevent the EFCC from carrying out its investigative functions.