Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Thursday lambasted a counsel of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr. Babatunde Sonaiki, for what she termed “gross professional misconduct”.
Justice Ipaye chided Mr. Sonoiki for obtaining a forfeiture order from another court in respect of a matter pending before her.
The EFCC had filed charges against a business woman, Mrs. Moji Yakubu, her company, Monan Trading Company and nine other persons over alleged N800million theft.
The commission had alleged that Mrs. Yakubu and co-defendants conspired to steal about 10 hectares of land located at Sangotedo, Lekki, Lagos.
When the defendants were arraignment in February this year, Justice Ipaye raised the issue on whether land can be stolen and asked the EFCC counsel to address her on the matter.
Rather than wait to address the court on Thursday, the EFCC lawyer went before another judge, Justice Aishat Opensanwo and obtained an order to temporary seal an ongoing project supervised by Monan Trading Company on the disputed land.
When the matter came up on Thursday, Justice Ipaye informed parties that the ruling was not ready and adjourned the matter till September.
Counsel to the defendant, Mr. Yemi Adeshina, however drew the attention of the judge to the forfeiture order allegedly obtained by the EFCC against his client.
Adesina told the court that the order amounted to “window shopping” by the EFCC and should be immediately set aside. The Nation