EFCC speaks on arrest, prosecution of Oshiomhole

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reacted to a
suit accusing the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress,
APC, Adams Oshiomhole of fraud.

An Edo State-based activist, Osadalor Ochie, had filed a suit before an
Abuja Federal High Court challenging the failure of EFCC to file fraud
charges Oshiomhole.

Ochie, in the suit prayed the court to compel the anti-graft agency to
conduct investigation into allegations of fraud against Oshiomhole while
he was governor of Edo State.

The suit also seeks the arrest and prosecution of the APC National Chairman.

In view of his prayer, the court had scheduled Tuesday for hearing, after processes were served on the two parties.

However, counsels to Oshiomhole appeared in court but that of the anti-graft agency failed to show up.

Explaining why its representatives were not in court, EFCC said it did
not appear in court because the plaintiff failed to serve it with the
court processes.

A statement by EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwajaren on Wednesday reads:
“Ahead of the November 19 date for the consideration of the preliminary
objection by All Progressives Party National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole,
challenging the competence of the suit which seeks to compel the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to arrest and commence
criminal proceedings against him, the agency has blamed its absence at
Tuesday October 23 hearing of the suit before Justice Anwuli Chikere of
the Federal High Court Abuja on the failure of the plaintiff to serve
the Commission with processes.

“This is contrary to the October 9 ruling of Justice Chikere, that the Commission be served.

“The Commission frowns at the attempt by counsel to the plaintiff, West
Idahosa, to mislead the court with claims that the Commission had been

“Had the Commission been served, it would have been in court. Ours is an
agency that holds the judiciary in high esteem and we will never
disregard summons by courts of competent jurisdiction. The truth is that
the Commission did not receive any summons.”


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