Re: Legal Position Of The Federal High Court Session On The Forfeiture Order In Respect Of Chief Timipre Sylva

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By Benson Ibezim

This case came up today, the 15th January, 2013. The motion of Chief Timipre Sylva’s lawyer (Benson Ibezim Esq)  to strike out the suit for being incompetent was not taken by reason of the fact that the counsel to EFCC  ( Festus keyamo Esq) did not respond to  the application until about 11:00 a.m. today when he served his Counter Affidavit and written address.

However, Festus keyamo Esq wanted to move an ex-parte motion to extend the expired order of the court.

This was opposed by Benson Ibezim Esq. and all other lawyers that have applications to join the suit whose clients’ properties were attached by the order.

The ex-parte application for the extension of the order was not taken as the Trial judge ordered Mr. Keyamo to put all the parties on notice.. The Honourable court merely extended the order to 24th January, 2013 just for purpose of allowing the suit to be  alive for the sake of taking the motion challenging the competence of the suit and the order.

It is on record that the EFCC is still in contempt of the order of FCT High court directing that no step whatsoever should be taken regarding the properties covered by its order for which EFCC has been taking various steps against the order.

To this end, Form 48 (NOTICE OF COSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE TO COURT ORDER) was duly issued yesterday, the 14th day of January, 2013, against Mr. Ibrahim Larmorde and another officer of EFCC. It is on record that EFCC and its lawyers are quite awareof these processes.

It is our sincere hope that the general public will not be misled by false information from EFCC regarding this case.

We once more call on EFCC to obey the order of Court on this issue and purge themselves  of the contempt of court.


Thank you.
Barr. Benson Ibezim


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