The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that it lacked the powers to entertain fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by the former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu against the Federal Government and the anti-graft agency.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, counsel to EFCC, Johnson Ojogbane, argued that the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear and determine the suit on the ground that the alleged breach of fundamental rights of the applicant happened in Kano State.
Ojogbane, in a preliminary objection to the applicant’s originating summons, said that the Federal High Court in Abuja lacked the territorial jurisdiction to hear the suit filed by the former NNPC boss and urged the court to discontinue the suit.
According to Ojogbane: “The applicant’s said the action took place in Kano State, outside the jurisdiction of this court, and that the proper place to institute fundamental rights action is the place where the alleged breached was said to have taken place, which is Kano State.”
He further submitted all the facts relevant to the former NNPC GMD took place in Kano State, which is outside the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in Abuja. Earlier, counsel to Yakubu, Ahmed Raji (SAN) submitted that his client has been in the custody of the EFCC since February 8, 2017.