A Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that an executive order by President Muhammadu Buhari for the temporary seizure of assets of corrupt persons and institutions is valid.
Two lawyers, Ikenga Ugochinyere, and Kenneth Udeze, have instituted a legal action to challenge the validity of the order.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, ruling on the application, dismissed it on the ground that it lacked merit.
Buhari as the president, according to the judge, has the powers under the 1999 constitution to issue executive orders for the implementation of federal government’s policies if it does not infringe on the principle of the doctrine of separation of powers.
Last July 5, president Buhari in the executive order, had empowered the attorney general of the federation to lease with other relevant agencies to temporarily seize the properties linked to corruption pending the investigation and conclusion of the case.