Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a motion before the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal for a stay of execution of the judgement of the Kogi State High Court in Suit No: HCL/696/2022 between Ali Bello and the anti-graft body and others.
The court judgement was delivered on 12th December, 2022, and the consequential order made on the 6th February, 2023.
Wilson Uwajeren, EFCC spokesperson, said the suit was filed on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.
Other reliefs sought in the motion on notice, include an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the appellants/applicant from attempting to execute/ enforce the judgement of the trial court pending the final hearing and determination of the appeal.
“In the supporting affidavit to the application, deposed to by Samuel Anele Ugwuegbulam, he affirmed that the appellants have ‘strong, good and arguable grounds of appeal,” Uwajeren said.
“He averred that the trial court did not have jurisdiction to entertain the matter as the alleged infringement of the respondent’s fundamental human rights occurred in Abuja and no element of it tooSk place in Lokoja. Therefore, the trial court lacked jurisdiction to proceed to hear the suit, a fact which the appellant dully raised before His Lordship.
“He further pointed out that the appellant had applied to the trial court for compilation and transmission of the record of appeal, but as at the time of filing the motion, the file of the case was yet to be released to enable transmission of the record to the registry of the appellate court.
“That rather than allow the record of the appeal to be transmitted, the trial court proceeded to cite the appellant on 6th February for contempt.”
The deponent further averred that that, “If the execution/enforcement of the judgment of 12th December, 2022 and the pronouncement of the trial court of 6th February, 2023, is not stayed, it will jeopardize the appellants/applicants’ constitutional right of appeal and exercise of his statutory functions.”
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