A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, granted an exparte application seeking leave for an order of mandamus compelling the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the controversial $475 million (N76 billion) moribund CCTV project, awarded to ZTE Corporation by the Federal Government.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola gave the order after listening to the applicant, Olugbenga Adeyemi, who sued as a concerned Nigerian.
Respondents in the suit are the EFCC, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Nigeria Police Force, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria Communication Commission, ZTE Corporation and Nigeria Communication Satellite Limited.
The order reads, “upon the motion exparte dated May 28, 2014 and filed on June 2, 2014, praying for the following; an order of the court granting the applicant leave to apply for the judicial review of mandamus compelling the first respondent (EFCC) to investigate and prosecute the second-eighth respondent for financial misappropriation and impropriety, and for such other orders as the court may deem fit to make in the circumstances;
“Upon reading grounds upon which the application was brought, verifying affidavit deposed to by Olugbenga Adeyemi, a legal practitioner of Suite E05, Kenuj 02 Plaza between Games Village and Prince and Princess Estate, Kaura District, Abuja, the written address and the attached exhibits;
“And after hearing Olugbega Adeyemi with Layi Ademokoya esquires of counsel for the applicant move in terms of the motion papers;
“It is hereby ordered as follows; that leave is hereby granted to the applicant to apply for the judicial review of mandamus compelling the first respondent to investigate and prosecute the second to seventh respondents for financial misappropriation and impropriety;
“That leave is also granted to the applicant to file the amended substantive application to be served on the respondents;
“Suit is further adjourned to July 1, 2014 for hearing.”
The court also substituted the name of the president as a respondent for the Attorney -General of the Federation, making him the eighth respondent.
The applicant told the court that he wrote a petition to the anti-corruption commission months back without any actions taken on it.
He also premised his locus on being a tax-payer and a resident of Abuja where Boko Haram had wrecked a lot of havoc and was concerned when he learnt about the botched project that should have protected some of the lives lost to the insurgency.