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Justice Anwuli Chikere of a Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, held that the suit filed by an Edo State-based cleric and activist, Bishop Osadolor Ochei seeking to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to commence criminalinvestigation against former Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was statute -barred.
Ruling on the preliminary objection filed by the former governor, the Judge said the plaintiff ought to file the suit, three months from the cause of action.
She said there was no need for the court to go into other issues in the suit, since the suit itself was statute-barred.
Justice Chikere however agreed with the plaintiff that, by the Act establishing the EFCC, the commission is under the obligation to investigate and prosecute allegations of financial and economic crime.
Oshiomhole had, in his preliminary objection, asked the court to dismiss the suit as the plaintiff lacked the locus standi (legal right) to institute the action.
In the preliminary objection argued on behalf of the former governor by Terhemba Gbashima of Damian Dodo’s chambers, Oshiomhole told the court that the suit filed by the plaintiff was status-barred, as it was filed 18 months after the cause of action.
According to him, the plaintiff, whom he described as a meddle-some interloper ought, to have filed the suit three months after the cause of action.
Gbashima, who prayed the court to dismiss the suit or in alternative, strike it out, also submitted that Bishop Osadolor had not shown how the alleged cause of action has affected him more than other indigenes of Edo state and asked the court to dismiss the suit for being incompetent.
In her response, counsel to the plaintiff, Uju Chukwurah, asked the court to discountenance the preliminary objection of Oshiomhole, who is … Read More...