A Federal High Court judge sitting in Lagos has frozen the bank account of a prominent Lagos-based human rights lawyer Mike Ozekhome SAN. The court  Nigeria today ordered temporary forfeiture of the sum of N75 million discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in his account domiciled with Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).

The presiding Judge Abdulaziz Anka gave the order while delivering a ruling in a motion filed by the anti-graft agency seeking that Ozekhome's account be temporarily frozen on the ground that the sum of N75 million deposited in his account on December 15, 2016, was suspected to be a proceed of crime.

In arguing the application which was filed before the court by Rotimi Oyedepo, but argued by an EFCC lawyer, Mr. Idris Abdulahi Mohammed, informed the court that the application was brought before the court under section 29 of EFCC Act.

Idris also told the court that three exhibits marked Exhibit 01, 02 and 03 were attached to the motion in addition to an affidavit of urgency sworn to by an investigator of the agency, Tosin Owobo.

He urged the court to grant the application ordering temporary forfeiture of the account for 120 days.

Justice Anka while acceding to the request of the EFCC ordered that Ozekhome's account with the sum of  N75 million be forfeited for 120 days

The judge however ordered that any party that is not satisfied with the ruling can appeal.

Mike Ozekhome

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