Why I received N75 million from Fayose – Ozekhome

Mike Ozekhome, Senior Advocate of Nigeria

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, has told a Federal High Court in Lagos that he received N75 million from the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, as legal fees.

Mr. Ozekhome stated this in a suit filed before the court seeking to unfreeze his account, that was frozen by the anti-graft EFCC based on a court order.

The Federal High Court on Thursday fixed March 2 for the hearing of the lawyer’s suit.

Mr. Ozekhome said the N75 million contained in the account is the legal fees he received from the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

Justice Abdulazeez Anka ordered that a hearing notice be issued on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The court had on February 7 ordered a temporary forfeiture of N75 million found in the applicant’s Guaranty Trust Bank account following an application by the EFCC.

When the case was called on Thursday, the EFCC was not represented in court.

Addressing the court, Mr. Ozekhome said his suit was filed on February 14 and that EFCC was served on February 20 according to a proof of service.

Justice Anka noted that the commission was still within time to respond.

He said the commission was entitled to seven days which, he said, had not lapsed, adding that the commission should be allowed their clear seven days.

In his response, Mr. Ozekhome asked for the earliest possible date for hearing of his application, insisting that the suit was urgent.

Mr. Ozekhome, who is seeking the immediate vacation of the interim forfeiture order, argued that the EFCC’s application for the interim order was done in bad faith.

The commission, he said, did not comply with the statutory and judicial authorities in obtaining an interim order through a motion ex-parte.

According to him, the respondent suppressed material facts in obtaining the order and as such, “the action is unconstitutional as same offends constitutional provisions.”

He said the EFCC did not disclose to the court that Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti, had unfrozen Governor Ayodele Fayose’s accounts forthwith.

Mr. Fayose’s account was initially frozen by the EFCC for his alleged role in the misappropriation of billions of Naira from the office of the National Security Adviser.

Mr. Ozekhome said the unfreezing order allowed the governor to operate his account before transferring the sum of N75 million to his chambers’ account.

He further argued that the EFCC’s application and the subsequent order were based on non-compliance with court rules and judicial authorities regulating the granting of ex-parte application.

“The entire gamut of the application leading to the granting of the interim order ex-parte amounts to forum shopping and a calculated attempt to over-reach me.”

He submitted that the issue, whether the said sum formed proceeds of a crime, was currently on appeal.

Justice Anka adjourned the suit to March 2.


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  • Curseless

    At the end of the day it will be discovered that the Ozkhome of a man is another Justice Ademola who is currently under the scrutiny of EFCC. Many of his type are actually nothing but clearing houses for these greedy politicians. Theirs activities have nothing to do with seeking the truth of anything as they defend the indefensible and obstruct at every turn, The country is in trouble when all the three arms of the government are neck deep in corruption

    • Chuks

      The shameless Ozekhome arranged his own kidnapping to fleece money from the bazaar government of Jona because he was broke. How can Fayose pay a lawyer a fee more than his 4 year salary?

  • Abu Bilaal Abdulrazaq bn Bello

    Ozekhome don enter one chance.

  • MINT65

    This is all too simple
    Find out how much Fayose’s balance was in 2013.
    Find out when large sums of money started to come in
    Find out if the money paid to the silk is part of the unexplainably large sums of money from the NSA funds

    If it is seize it

  • Olusola

    wetin Michael wan go talk for court for 75M?

  • Arabakpura

    A friend of a thief is a thief!

    • dele20

      Both fayoshame and he are both thieves

  • Musa M. Dantsoho

    Most professions has standard rate of fees. I can’t say of legal profession. Probably, this was reason for charging Fayose whooping N75m.

  • Ijeuwa

    How much does the crazy Fayose earn in a year? Or does Ozekhome not know before charging him? Or, worse, do they both think that Ekiti money is Fayose’s money?

    We just heard of Saraki earning 240k a month as a governor, totalling 2.8million a year, totalling 11.5 million for 4 years, totalling 23 million in 8 years. But he deposited the sum of 77million in one go into his private bank account!

    • Mich

      It baffles me where you get ur armchair critics of what a governor earn in a month, do ur finds well tru Ramfac before u dishes out wrong infos

      • Broadway2

        How do you know they are wrong info?

  • chiemex

    At the end of the day EFCC will be punished by the courts. So far EFCC has been asked to pay Fayose N5m, Fayose’s aid was also granted some millions by the courts in punishing the EFCC. The law is not sentimental as many commentators here so ignorantly are

  • Broadway2

    #75 million legal fees. None is a business case. All political cases.

    • Abel Wariboko

      what was the amount Buhari was charged for his certificate case?Nobody can regulate professional fees.Prof Osibanjo had charged my Town over #100million in 2007 as legal fees in a matter.

  • Olatubosun

    Imagine the thieves

  • Olatubosun

    You and fayose are thieves

    • dele20

      Fayoshame is not only an election-rigger but also a confirmed looter

  • Olatubosun

    We will soon stone both of you to death

    • dele20

      Can you just imagine the looters? Thank God that this present administration has revealed the truth about the corrupt. If not, we Nigerians will still be blindfolded in corruption

  • Olatubosun

    Ole

  • isioku

    If he had billed Fayose #75M for legal fees, he is entitled to his fees. In law, if you disagree with a bill of Fees presented by a lawyer, you apply for the fees to be taxed by the registrar. Whether political matter or not, lawyers bill more than this. The account where the money was transferred from was defrozen by the court. In other words, the money is clean money until proven otherwise. Any payment of money from that account for “necessities” one of which is engagement of Counsel for his defence will not be faulted. This is moreso as third party right has arisen and payment was for services rendered and on an ongoing basis. A lawyer should not be demonised for charging fees a layman may otherwise regard excessive. Except fees concerning conveyances of land and the like, billing is not regulated in the profession.