A federal high court in Abuja has stopped the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commmision (ICPC), and other agencies involved in the probe of Senator Bukola Saraki over allegations of money laundering
A statement by the EFCC said it would probe the Senate President from 2005 to 2011, when he was the executive governor of Kwara State.
Meanwhile, some of his houses in Ikoyi, Lagos State have been siezed from him by the anti-graft agency.
Saraki on Friday had separately filed two fundamental rights enforcement suite before the court challenge the action of the EFCC.
The presiding judge, Taiwo Taiwo ruled with respect to the application filed along with the substantive suit and ordered the anti-graft agency and other five agencies, which are also respondents to stop action on the probe pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice which was filed by the applicant.
The order was made when Saraki’s lawyer, Sunday Onubi filed the application on tuesday.
Apart from the EFCC other respondents includes, the Department of State Service (DSS), Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Code of conduct tribunal (CCT) and the Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu Muhammed.
The court thereby ordered the involved parties to maintain the status quo by suspending the probe.
In his words “By the provision of order 4 (3) of the human right civil procedure rule, 2009, the court may, if satisfied that the applicant may be caused hardship of an application where liberty or life of the applicant is involved hear the application ex parte upon such interim reliefs as the justice of the application may demand”.
“There is no doubt that in making the reliefs or orders, the court is guided even in it’s exercise of it’s discretion judicially and judiciously applied by law and statuses.
“I am of the view, after consideration of the aforesaid, that is court ought to make the order been sought by the applicant pending the hearing and the determination of the originating motion on notice”.