Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has revealed that the frozen N75million in his account was legal fees paid to him by his client Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
The lawyer stated this in a suit he filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos seeking to unfreeze his account.
Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Lagos Federal High Court fixed March 2 for the hearing of the Ozekhome’s suit and ordered a hearing notice be issued to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Ozekhome told the court that he filed the suit on February 14 and the EFCC was served on February 20.
The judge however noted that the EFCC that was absent in court on Thursday was still within its time to appear before the court, adding that the anti-graft was entitled to seven days which had not passed.
Ozekhome in his response demanded for the earliest date possible for the hearing of his suit which according to him was urgent.
He added that the EFCC did not comply with statutory and judicial authorities in obtaining the order from the court to freeze his account.
According to Ozekhome, the EFCC suppressed material facts while obtaining the order an action which he noted is unconstitutional as same offends constitutional provisions.”
He added that the EFCC did not disclose to the court that another Justice of a Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti, Taiwo O. Taiwo, had unfrozen his client’s account which enabled his client operate and transfer to him his N75million legal fees.