Gov Fayose
Gov Fayose

Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital has adjourned the case on the freezing of Governor Ayodele Fayose account by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, being operated at the Zenith Bank till September 30, 2016 for hearing.
The decision to adjourn the matter was to allow trail judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, attend the International Bar Association, IBA, conference for Judges, after all the counsels in the case, Chief Mike Ozekhome, for plaintiff applicant, Rotimi Oyedepo, for 1st respondent, and Oluwaseun Omotoso, 2nd respondent, agreed to the vacation notice.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo who adjourned the case on the request of Fayose’s counsel, Ozekhome, who sought for adjournment to be able to respond to issues raised by the EFCC in its reply to a motion on notice dated June 23 wherein the applicant sought an order de-frozen the restriction placed on Fayose’s accounts with Zenith bank.
The Court had on June 28 ordered the EFCC to appear before it and show cause why Fayose’s restricted accounts in Zenith bank should not be lifted.
In his defence at yesterday’s proceeding, Oyedepo said, “We received the order of the court on the 29th of June, 2016 at our office in Lagos directing us to appear before your lordship for freezing of the accounts of the applicant in the custody of the 2nd respondent. We have complied with your order as a law abiding agency by filing all necessary papers and the plaintiff and the second respondent have been duly served”, he said.
Ozekhome, who confirmed the service of the papers, pointed out that he was served three minutes to the start of the hearing, which he said had foreclosed his readiness to argue the case on point of law.
“My lord, I was served three minutes to the start of today’s hearing. But glancing through this bulky document, virtually all the issues raised were issues we never touched upon. We don’t want to be caught by the cul de sac of the Supreme Court’s averment that evidence not denied are deemed admitted, because it is a trite law. It is only reasonable and proper that we have given the opportunity to traverse everything they have raised and argue and with this, they have foisted an adjournment on us”, he said.
Adjourning the suit till September 30, 2016, Justice Taiwo assured that all the pending applications and the substantive suit will be taken together expeditiously.