Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Alleged Diversion Of Funds: Why EFCC Can’t Prosecute Me - Oshiomhole

National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate and prosecute him over an allegation that he diverted public funds to his personal use.

Oshiomhole, who briefed a consortium of six lawyers led by Mr. Damian Dodo, SAN, to file a memorandum of conditional appearance on his behalf, further queried the competence of the suit seeking to invoke an order of mandamus to compel EFCC to initiate criminal proceedings against him. While acknowledging the powers of the EFCC to probe financial and economic crimes, Oshiomhole, insisted that the court could not okay him to be investigated on the strength of a petition he said was lodged against him since 2016.

He argued that the suit that was lodged against him by Edo State based cleric, Bishop Osadolor Ochei, has become statute barred. According to him, the Applicant, ought to have instituted the action within three months after the first petition was filed against him before the EFCC.