The Federal High Court in Abuja has reserved ruling until March 13, to decide on two separate applications filed by Shell Oil Exploration Limited and Agip Oil Exploration, seeking to set aside an order of forfeiture granted the EFCC in respect of oil prospecting license (245).
Justice John Tsoho was urged by the two oil companies to set aside the order he granted the EFCC on January 26, 2017 on the grounds that the EFCC chairman who is the applicant in the exparte motion, was not the proper person to file it.
Counsel to the Shell Petroleum, Professor Kayinsola Ajayi, told the court that the EFCC chairman was wrong in bringing the exparte motion that led to the order of forfeiture in his capacity as the chairman.
The counsel submitted that three conditions which ought to have been met by the EFCC before bringing the exparte motion, were not met and as such the order of forfeiture granted was null and void.
Specifically, he said the EFCC ought to have in accordance with laid down laws, arrest, trace and then apply for order of attachment before seeking for an order of forfeiture.
However, opposing the application, the EFCC counsel, Johnson Ojogbane, asked the court to dismiss the two applications, on the ground that there was no proper suit before the court.