Abdulaziz Yari, former Governor of Zamfara, has askedthe Federal High Court, Abuja, to direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to unseal his property located at Maitama, Abuja.
Yari, through his Counsel, Mahmud Magaji, SAN, said the EFCC sealed the property contrary to the provision of the law.
Magaji, who said that the application was to ensure each government agencies operates within the confines of the law, urged the judge ”to invoke his power to direct the EFCC to remove the red inscription pasted on the house.”
Citing a previous case in which a court delivered judgment in favour of an applicant, the lawyer said the EFCC cannot seal Yari’s property without a court order.
Magaji also told the court that he was with a motion exparte dated Aug. 15 and filed the same day, and brought in accordance with the provisions of the fundamental human rights.
“It is supported by a 17-paragraph affidavit. We also have affidavit of urgency with 9 paragraphs.
“We also have a further affidavit of five paragraphs and the same further affidavit has four exhibits marked Exhibits M (a) M (2), M (a) M (3), M (a) M(4) and M(a) M(5).
“It also has a written address and we adopt same in urging your Lordship to grant our application as prayed,” he said.
”We urge your Lordship to direct parties to maintain status quo pending the determination of the suit,” Magaji said.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo, who ordered that the case be heard during the vacation period, however adjourned the matter till Aug. 19 for ruling.