Massive Jubilation In Aso Rock As President Buhari Secures Outstanding Victory At The Federal High Court.

The Federal High Court, in Abuja, has upheld the constitutionality of the Executive Order 6, signed recently by President Muhammadu Buhari, for the preservation of assets connected with corruption and other relates offences.

The Order empowers the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, to take steps in liaison with relevant Investigative Agencies, to temporarily seize properties linked with corruption, pending investigation and conclusion of trial, to prevent the dissipation of such assets.

In a judgment on Thursday morning, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu held that it was within the powers of the President, as granted by the Constitution, to issue Executive Orders for the execution of Executive policies, as long as such orders do not offend the doctrine of separation of powers.

Justice Ojukwu said that the powers given to the AGF under the Executive Order 6, must be exercised in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

The Judge, who noted that the Order seemed to give the AGF the discretion on when to seek the court’s permission to seize any suspected property, said that the AGF must at all times, obtain a court order, before seizing any asset.

She stated that such application for the court’s permission to seize any suspected asset, could be made exparte.

Justice Ojukwu disclosed that the Executive Order 6, did not violate the right of citizens to own property, but was informed by the President’s willingness to preserve suspected property from being dissipated.

The judgment was on a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/740/2018, by some individuals, who claimed to be Lawyers, and who argued that the Executive Order 6 violates their rights to own property, and denied fair hearing to owners of any property against which the Order is executed.

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