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Court strikes out Saraki’s suits against EFCC, others

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A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, struck out two separate suits filed by former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and others.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a short ruling, struck out the suits for lack of diligent prosecution.

Upon resumed hearing in the matters, neither Saraki’s lawyer nor the defendants’ counsel were in court for the proceeding.

Justice Ekwo, therefore, held that he found that the cases were not diligently prosecuted.

He consequently struck them out for lack of diligent prosecution.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Saraki, the applicant, had filed the suits marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/507/2019 and FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2019 at the FHC.

In the suits, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Inspector-General of Police, and State Security Service are first to third defendants respectively.

Others are EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, and Code of Conduct Bureau as fourth to sixth respondents respectively.

The ex-senate president had filed the suits following the EFCC’s decision in 2019 to probe Saraki’s earnings between 2003 and 2011 when he was governor of Kwara.

The anti-graft commission was reported to have seized some of his houses in the Ikoyi area of Lagos then.

However, Saraki, on May 10, 2019, filed the two separate suits before Justice Taiwo Taiwo (retd ) to challenge the action of the EFCC.

Justice Taiwo, who was the presiding judge then, ruled on an ex-parte application filed along with the substantive suits.

The judge ordered the anti-corruption agency (fourth respondent) and the other five respondents to the suits to stay action on the probe pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed by the applicant.

The order was granted after Sunday Onubi, Saraki’s lawyer, moved the application on May 14, 2019.

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