Federal high court sitting in Abuja, has issued a restraining order to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC from arresting former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode and spokesman of Pan-Yoruba group Afenifere, Chief Yinka Odumakin, over allegations of spreading fake news.
Fani Kayode in a post via his twitter handle, a while back, accused the EFCC of surrounding the residence of embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to arrest and possibly prosecute him.
The anti-corruption agency had immediately threatened to drag the duo to court for peddling fake new against it.
However Fani Kayode and Odumakin approached the court, filing an ex-parte motion on Monday, for an order to restrain both the EFCC and other security agencies from taking any action against them, pending the determination of their joint-suit.
The order which was filed through their lawyer Chukwuma-Umachukwu Ume, SAN, was granted by Justice John Tsoho. The judge also fixed February 4 to commence hearing on the matter, while ordering all the parties not to take any action, capable of affecting the subject matter of the suit before it.
The judge also ordered the serving of hearing notices on all the Defendants in the case.
The Department of State Services, DSS, and the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, also parts of the defendants in the case.