CHRSJ Drags EFCC,Zenith, Heritage & Access Banks To Court Over Illegal Freezing Contractor’s Account   …Gives 14-days Ultimatum For Unconditional Unfreezing Of The Accounts

A human rights organization,the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice

(CHRSJ), has concluded arrangement to drag the Economic and Financial Crimes

Commission(EFCC) and three Nigeria banks to Court of competent jurisdiction  over illegal frozen of bank accounts belonging to one Engineer Olufemi Emmanuel Olajide,a Lagos based Contractor.

The banks to be taking to Court along side anti-graft agency were;Access Bank,Heritage Bank and Zenith Bank.

The rights group also gave 14-days ultimatum to the anti-graft agency and aforementioned banks to unconditionally unblocking the five accounts belonging to Engineer Olajide, the Chairman/Managing Director, OFEM A Construction Company Limited,Ikorodu,Lagos.

It insisted that the rights group would not hesitate after the expiration of the ultimatum to approach the Court of Law to seek redress for the innocent Nigerian contractor, saying that since illegal frozen of the accounts, the EFCC and the Banks have made life unbearable for Engineer Olajide and his entire  household.

Similarly,a Lagos based Lawyer, Barrister Nurudeen Ogbara has written a strong worded Petition Letter dated 23rd of February,2020 to the Chairman of  the Commission (EFCC) to register its Law firm displeasure over the illegal closure of the bank accounts of the innocent and law abiding citizen of the Country, Engineer Olufemi Emmanuel Olajide.

In a statement signed by the CHRSJ’s Executive Chairman, Comrade

Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman and copies were made available to newsmen on

Tuesday,disclosed that the decision of the Commission to freeze the accounts without thorough investigation, amounted to abuse of due process, diligent investigation and disrespect to the fundamental human right to fear hearing, declaring that the EFCC and the banks action were illegal, unconstitutional,satanic, ungodly and abuse of office/power.

Comrade Sulaiman who stated that the EFCC unjustly blocked the Zenith Bank

Account with number:1012808033, belonging to OFEM A Construction Company

Limited, Zenith Bank Account with number:1160025847/2002897156,Access Bank

with number:0717257960 and Heritage Bank with number:1000504714 ,all

belonging to Engineer Olufemi Emmanuel Olajide.

Part of the Petition Letter of Ogbara Law firm read thus; “That

Tuesday 5th day of February,2019,our clients were seriously astonished

and greatly alarmed to discover that the aforementioned four(4)

accounts were frozen by EFCC without any Court order or any prior

reference to our clients.

“That our Clients were therefore compelled to immediately go to the

office of the EFCC at Ikoyi to find out the reason why their said four

Accounts  were frozen without any lawful justification but no Staff of

the Commission  was able to give any clue to our clients who kept

visiting the EFCC office  on daily basis without any explanation for

this action.

“That on Monday, the 18th day of February,2019(18/2/2019),our clients

Chairman/Managing Director, Engineer Olufemi Emmanuel Olajide was

traced

from his office in Ikorodu and eventually arrested and taken to EFCC’s

office in Ikoyi where he was detained and subjected to a series of

interrogations and deprivations as per the freezing of the afore-said

accounts.

“That our clients confidently responded to all questions he was asked

in relation to all the accounts and business initiatives and he

confirmed that  he submitted a construction bid to the Government of

Adamawa State and he  was optimistic that his bid would be favourably

considered and that he  looked forward to doing business with Adamawa

State Government”.

The Letter added that “it was at this stage that the EFCC officers

interrogating him realized that our clients were not even aware that a

fraud had been committed in connection with the contract issue but the

said officers still kept our clients in the dark and in detention

while they  claimed to continue to investigate the fraud”.

It was learnt that Engineer Olajide was transferred to the Zonal

Office of  the EFCC in Gombe where he was illegally detained for few

days before he was given an administrative bail and since then, he has

been urging the anti-graft body to defreeze his accounts through a

Letter dated 12th of November,2019 because he has nothing to do with

acclaimed fraud.

But investigation conducted by CHRSJ revealed that Engineer Olajide

was innocent of the whole issue and he was just a victim of

circumstances orchestrated by the immediate past Attorney-General and

Commissioner for Justice in Adamawa State,who has vested interest in

the same construction contract for his friend.

But when the former Attorney- General realized that the State

government had concluded arrangement to give the construction contract

to the Construction Company of Engineer Olufemi Emmanuel Olajide, he

just used his position then to drag EFCC into the matter that lead to

the unjust arrest and subsequent interrogation of Olajide with the aim

of stopping the State government from giving the contract to the Lagos

based Ofem A Construction Company which the then Commissioner for

Justice was achieved.

Sulaiman who doubles as a Convener,Save Lagos Group (SLG), therefore,urged

the Acting Executive Chairman of EFCC,Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to give immediate

directive to the aforementioned banks to unfreezing the affected bank

accounts without delaying.

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