AFederal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court yesterday dismissed an application by a former Minister of Power and Steel, Dr. Olu Agunloye, inviting some legal luminaries to hear his case on alleged infractions in the Mambilla Hydroelectric plant.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Agunloye, who served as a minister under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie.

On March 21, the defendant, through his counsel, Adeola Adedipe (SAN), moved a motion seeking the leave of the court to allow some legal luminaries to participate in the hearing of his preliminary objection against EFCC.

He told the court that contrary to constitutional provision, the AGF did not give EFCC the fiat to investigate and institute proceeding in the case against him.

Adedipe cited Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), telling the court that instead of getting such a fiat from the AGF, the EFCC got it from the Solicitor-General of the Federation.

April 16, 2024

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