The suit filed by Bishop Osadolor Ochei seeking to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, over alleged corruption suffered a setback yesterday as the Federal High Court, Abuja, struck it out.
Ochei, in the suit filed against the EFCC and Oshiomhole, prayed the court to order the anti-graft agency to investigate different petitions that contained allegations of financial recklessness against Oshiomhole.
But Justice Anwuli Chikere, in a ruling on the preliminary objection filed by Oshiomhole, held that the suit was statute barred and subsequently struck it out.
According to the judge, the plaintiff ought to have filed the suit three months from the cause of action.
Upon striking out the suit, the judge held that it would be needless for the court to go into other issues in the suit since it was statute-barred.
Justice Chikere, however, agreed with the plaintiff that by the Act establishing EFCC, the commission is under obligation to investigate and prosecute allegations of financial and economic crime.
Oshiomhole had in his preliminary objection, through his lawyer, Terhemba Gbashima, urged the court to dismiss the suit on the ground that the plaintiff lacked the legal right to institute the action in the first place.
Gbashima, urging the court to dismiss Bishop Ochei’s suit against Oshiomhole and the EFCC, submitted that the suit was not competent by law as it was filed18 months after the cause of action.
He also submitted that Ochei failed to show how the alleged cause of action has affected him more than other indigenes of Edo State and asked the court to dismiss the suit for being incompetent.