Samuel Okon drags EFCC to court over freezing of Akwa Ibom State government accounts

A human rights lawyer, Samuel Okon, has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission – EFCC to court over the recent freezing of the accounts of the Akwa Ibom State government. The case with suit number, HU-FHR-162-2018 joins the Attorney-General of the federation as second respondent.

At the resumed hearing yesterday at State High Court 4, Uyo, the applicant, Barrister Samuel Okon appeared in person while the first respondent, EFCC, was represented by A. S. Abu and J. O. Abolari. The presiding judge, Justice Felicita Ibanga, after listening to the counsels’ submissions adjourned the matter to 12th October for further hearing.

While the counsels to the EFCC declined comments after the court sitting, the applicant, Barrister Okon explained that he decided to go to court for enforcement of his right and that of other people of the state.

In another development, the court also entertained a case brought by Barrister Samuel Okon against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, citing discrimination in sales of nomination forms, where female aspirants are exempted while the male aspirants are made to pay for the forms.

At the resumed hearing, the applicant informed the court that the All Progressives Congress –APC will be joined in the suit for similar reason.

Our correspondent Anthony Esin reports that the presiding judge, Justice Felicita Ibanga after listening to the applicant’s submission, adjourned the matter to 12th October for continuation of hearing.



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