CRIMINAL PROSECUTION 06/09/2023
EFCC Withdraws Suit Against Obasa
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has withdrawn an alleged money laundering suit filed against the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.
Following the agency’s withdrawal of the suit, Justice Nicholas Oweibo, had consequently, discharged the ‘lien/Post No Debit’ placed on Obasa’s three accounts in Standard Chartered bank, and set aside the Ex-parte Orders made September 15, 2020, which led to the frozen of the accounts.
The court had on September 15, 2020, in the interim freezed the accounts belonging to Obasa, following an Exparte motion marked FHC/ LCS/1064/2020, filed by the EFCC.
Obasa’s accounts freezed by the court were: (US Dollars) 0001852063; (Current) 0001852056and (Saving) 5002309624.
Justice Oweibo, on August 16, 2023, had heard the application to unfreeze the accounts in the Chamber.
During the hearing of the matter, the EFCC was represented by Mr. Sulaiman I. Sulaiman, while Honourable Obasa was represented by A. Olumide-Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
The EFCC lawyer had told the court that the application to unfreeze the accounts was pursuant to Section 44(2)(K) of the Constitution of The Federal Republic of NIGERIA, 1999 (as amended) and Sections 26, 29 and 34 (1) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004, and under the court’s inherent jurisdiction.
Justice Oweibo after taken arguments from counsel, held that: “upon reading through the affidavit in support of Motion on Notice and with the Exhibits attached therein, deposed to by Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Male, Nigerian, Adult, Legislator of Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, Alausa, tkeja, Lagos and a Written Address dated 1st day of August, 2023 and filed at this Court Registry on the on 2nd day of August, 2023.