Court stops EFCC, Police, DSS, CCT from probing Saraki
Federal High Court in Abuja has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and three others from proceeding with their renewed probe of Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The Department of State Services (DSS), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) are also
I have gone through the affidavit in support of the ex parte application particularly paragraphs 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35. I also duly considered the averments in the affidavit of urgency and all the exhibits attached. I am of the view, after due consideration of the aforesaid averments, that this court ought to make the order being sought by the applicant pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion on notice. To do otherwise and not to restrain the respondents by asking them not to stay actions will result in the court being faced with a fait accompli. I further come to my conclusion that the applicant is entitled to this order in view of the trite law that once the court is seized of a matter, parties are bound not to do anything that will make nugatory any order of the court by staying action. This is akin to ordering that parties maintain the status quo. However, the court must make a positive order. Therefore the application made ex parte pursuant to the law, succeeds. The respondents are hereby directed, either by themselves, their servants, agents, privies or officers to stay all actions in connection with the subject of this suit pending the hearing and determination of the origination motion on notice. I further order that the respondents shall be served fort with the originating processes and they shall file, within five days of being served, their responses. The hearing is fixed for May 23. Justice Taiwo made a similar pronouncement in relation to the second motion.