The Abuja division of the Federal High Court, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop further investigations into the finances of Benue State Government pending the determination of the substantive suit filed by the state.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba gave the preservative order on Monday and warned parties in the suit not to take further steps that would destroy the subject matter of the court.
In an originating summons marked FHC/MKD/CS/42/18 filed by the Attorney General of Benue State, the state government in the suit is challenging the powers of the EFCC to investigate or inquire into the accounts and /or appropriations, disbursements and administration of the funds of Benue State Government having regard to the clear provisions of sections 1(1) and (3), 125(2),(4) and (6), 128 and 129 of the 1999 constitution.
The suit marked FHC/MKD/CS/42/18 and filed on behalf of the state by the Benue State Attorney General, has the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly; the Clerk, Benue State House of Assembly; Benue State House of Assembly and the Auditor-General, Benue State as other respondents.
Although all the parties were Monday represented in court by their counsel, the vacation Judge, Justice Dimgba, expressed the need to study the case file, as it was coming to him for the first time.
Justice Babatunde Quadri, another vacation Judge who had earlier handled the matter, summoned the EFCC to come to court and explain it’s action.
The EFCC had earlier this month frozen the bank account of Benue State Government claiming it was investigating alleged fraud but, quickly defroze the account same day the order was made.