High Court forbids EFCC from interfering with assets belonging to Abdulazeez Yari

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, restrained the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, and the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, from seizing or interfering with assets and properties belonging to the immediate past Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari.

The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, made the restraining order following an ex-parte motion Yari filed through his lawyer, Mahmud Magaji, SAN.

Justice Taiwo further barred the Respondents to the motion (ICPC and AGF), from infringing on Yari’s fundamental rights as enshrined in sections 34, 35, 37, 41 and 43 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

He held that all the parties should maintain status quo ante bellum, pending the hearing and determination of the fundamental right enforcement suit Yari filed before the Court.

It will be recalled that the court had last Friday, also granted ICPC the nod to freeze six separate bank accounts belonging to Yari and two firms that were linked to him.

Meanwhile, Justice Taiwo said his later ruling would not affect Yari’s funds in Polaris and Zenith banks, which he ordered ICPC to freeze.