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Published On: Wed, Oct 24th, 2018

Alleged corruption: Oshiomhole asks court to dismiss suit against him

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By Vivian Okejeme Abuja

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, asked the Court to strike out a suit seeking an order compelling the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate allegations of corruption against him.
According to him, the plaintiff lacked locus standi as well as jgdescribing the legal action as being premature and incompetent. The plaintiff, Bishop Osadolor Ochei, had, on October 28, 2016, petitioned the EFCC asking the commission to investigate some corruption allegations against Oshiomhole as governor of Edo State.
In the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/628/2018, before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the plaintiff is seeking an order of mandamus to compel the EFCC to arrest and commence criminal proceedings against Oshiomhole over alleged financial fraud while he was governor of Edo State.
In his argument, counsel to the Plaintiff, West Idahosa, told the court that there were documents and electronic pictures of palatial houses credited to the former governor, whose earnings throughout his lifetime, according to the plaintiff, could not have been able to afford.
The counsel added that among other allegations, that there was evidence of diversion of Edo State funds by Oshiomhole.
Further in his submissions, the plaintiff alleged that, there were also vouchers of exorbitant air fares that the former governor allegedly incurred.
But in a notice of preliminary objection premised on 10 grounds, filed before the court through his counsel, Damien Dodo (SAN), Oshiomhole argued that the plaintiff lacked the locus standi to institute the legal action.
Specifically, he asked the court to strike out the plaintiff’s first prayer for being premature and incompetent.
Further in his submissions, Oshiomhole stressed that the applicant, having failed to file the suit for judicial review within three months of occurrence of the subject of the suit, the suit had become academic.
He added that the action or inaction of the EFCC being subjected to review by the proceedings occurred on December 13, 2016, while the plaintiff only instituted the action for judicial review on June 13, 2018.
Justice Anwuli Chikere, of the Federal high court, Abuja, fixed November 19, for the hearing of the notice of preliminary objection filed by the former Edo State Governor.

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