Patience Jonathan fights on for her seized cash



    Patience Jonathan
    Patience Jonathan: her attorneys battle EFCC to unfreeze her N3b

    By Sandra Umeh

    A Federal High Court in Lagos has mounted Jan. 23 to listen to a movement searching for forfeiture of funds linked to Patience Jonathan, spouse of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had began recent strikes to grab the funds in 15 financial institution accounts linked to Mrs Jonathan.

    The funds, which the EFCC is searching for to grab, totalled N3.1 billion.

    On Monday, EFCC’s counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, appeared earlier than Justice Mojisola Olatoregun with an ex parte software, searching for non permanent forfeiture of the funds.

    The transfer was, nevertheless, challenged by a prepare of Senior Advocates of Nigeria led by Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

    They challenged the courtroom’s jurisdiction to entertain the ex parte software.

    The SANs instructed the choose that the funds, which the EFCC wished to grab, had been already topic of litigation.

    But Oyedepo, counsel for the EFCC,  maintained that the SANs had no proper of listening to within the courtroom, since his software was ex parte, and puzzled how they obtained wind of the transfer by the anti-graft company within the first place.

    He urged the choose to ignore their look.

    The choose upheld Oyedepo’s submission, following which the SANs left the courtroom.

    But in view of the event, the choose adjourned the case till Jan. 23, and directed the EFCC to file an affidavit to persuade the courtroom that there have been no pending lawsuits referring to the funds sought to be forfeited.

    In the stated ex parte software, the EFCC listed Patience Jonathan and 5 corporations and Esther Oba as respondents.

    The corporations that had been listed as second to sixth defendants had been Globus Integrated Services Ltd., Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd., Pagmat Oil And Gas Ltd. and Magel Resort Ltd.

    The ex parte software was backed by a 15-paragraph affidavit deposed to by an investigator with the EFCC, Huleji Tukura.