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Court Orders Unfreezing of Patience Jonathan’s Account Containing $5.8m

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A Federal High court  in Lagos has unfrozen the domiciliary account of former first lady Patience Jonathan containing $5,842,316.66 at Skye bank Plc.

The order of the court was sequel to an application  argued by her lawyer Adedayo Adedipe (SAN), leading seven other lawyers.

Adedipe urged the court to unfreeze the account on the ground that Patience Jonathan was not a party in the suit leading to the order made by the court.

Adedipe while citing judicial  authorities contended that the order was an abuse of court process as the court has no jurisdiction to make an order against a party that is not a party in a suit filed before the court.

The Economic and Financial crime Commission (EFCC) which initiated the suit leading to the order made by the court freezing the account did not file any response to the application filed to discharge the order.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun upheld the submission of Adedipe and discharged the order freezing the account.

Sometime last year based on an application filed before the court by EFCC, the court  ordered that the account of the former First lady Dame Patience Jonathan containing  $5,842,316.66 domiciled with Skye bank should be frozen on the ground that,the money was suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Also affected by the said order were the accounts of five companies holding N7.4 billion and the account of Esther Oba holding $429,381.87. The accounts were located in six different commercial banks.

The order of the court was sequel to a further and better affidavit in support of Ex-parte originating summons sworn to by Abdullahi Tukur. an investigating officer of the EFCC and filed before the court by EFCC prosecutor Rotimi Oyedepo Iseoluwa,

Tukur averred that there was urgent need for the court to direct the managers of the bank accounts contained in the schedule filed with the summons FHC/L/CS/1343/16 to in the interim, forfeit the money contained therein to prevent further tampering  with the account being sought to be attached.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun while granting the order freezing the accounts listed in the attached schedule, ordered the anti -graft agency to file an undertaking as to damages if it turned out that the order was not to have been made.

According to the affidavit by Tukur, Patience Jonathan’s money in Skye bank was presumably  suspected to be proceed of crime.

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11 Comments

  1. Ottawa Queen

    April 6, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Ofcourse! Nigerian bribery & corruption! Smh!

    • dhoney

      April 6, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Nna…I tire for this our country o. How one person can be claiming ownership of 5 different accounts with different names and still has the audacity to take the govt to court is beyond me?.
      I think we need to be re-colonized ..smh

    • Ghanaba

      April 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Let me open your eyes small. If the occupying countries provided their colonies with the same level of education, roads, hospitals, electricity, sewage systems, etc. African countries wouldn’t have needed to go into as much debt as we did in the decade after independence. I don’t buy the argument that colonialism is the reason we are a mess 50-60 years later. However, let’s not pretend the provincial level amenities provided to the minuscule population in a select few cities means that colonialism was good. That’s not even factoring in the fact that the beloved Ikoyi was reserved for white british citizens only.

    • Serously

      April 7, 2017 at 12:19 am

      @ghanaba
      Any African still blaming colonialism at this point is in a state of denial and refuses to accept our responsibility in forming our downfall.
      I mean, we see with our own eyes how we failed ourselves and our own worst enemy everyday. An ex First Lady bribes the court to rule in her favor to keep embezzled money kept in different accounts.
      And we call this democracy.

  2. Authentic Sunshine

    April 6, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Ruined my day has this….?

  3. kenechukwu

    April 6, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    yassssssssssss

    • A Real Nigerian

      April 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Fool.

  4. ranti

    April 6, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Bad News! Nigeria is a failed state, shame on the so called lawmakers!

  5. Lami

    April 6, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    No hope of getting rid of corruption in this country

  6. Tee

    April 6, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    ‘Getting rid’, just wait and see. Make people wey sabi God hold on tight o when the wind start to blow for this nation.

  7. tunmi

    April 7, 2017 at 3:32 am

    EFCC didn’t follow up. What exactly are you guys doing? Where is the investigation?

    The Economic and Financial crime Commission (EFCC) which initiated the suit leading to the order made by the court freezing the account did not file any response to the application filed to discharge the order

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