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Court Freezes Oyo Accounts Following Garnishee Order 

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The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has issued an order freezing the accounts of the Oyo State Government in 10 commercial banks across the country. The directive came as part of a garnishee proceeding initiated by former council chairmen in Oyo State, who were dismissed from their positions on May 29, 2019, by Governor Seyi Makinde.

Justice A. O. Ebong delivered the ruling on December 15, 2023, in response to the garnishee proceeding initiated by the sacked council chairmen, led by Bashorun Majeed Ajuwon. The council leaders had obtained a substantial judgment of N4,874,889,425.60 against Governor Makinde and other state officials/agencies in 2021.

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The Supreme Court, in its judgment on May 7, 2021, identified Makinde, the Attorney-General, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Accountant-General of Oyo State, Speaker of the House of Assembly, the House of Assembly, and the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) as judgment debtors.

The garnishee proceeding aimed to recover the outstanding balance of N3.5 billion from the initial judgment sum, as Makinde had paid only N1.5 billion in 2022.

The outstanding amount, as per the Supreme Court judgment, was N3,374,889,425.60. The Court of Appeal in Abuja, in a judgment on December 8, added N50 million as costs against Makinde and others while dismissing their appeal.

Justice Ebong ordered the banks involved in the garnishee proceeding to file affidavits and appear in court on the next adjourned date to justify why the garnishee orders should not be made absolute. The judge imposed a cost of N300,000.00 against the judgment debtors and mandated that a copy of the order be served on Makinde and others.

The case is set to resume on January 5, 2024, for further hearings.

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