14 February 2017

Nigeria: $15 Million - Further Hearing in Patience Jonathan's Suit for March 6

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A Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday, adjourned till March 6 for further hearing in a suit by former first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Mrs Jonathan, in the fundamental rights enforcement suit, is seeking the order of the court to de-freeze her $15.5 million domiciled with Skye Bank.

However, the said amount was frozen by the bank on the directive of EFCC.

The respondents are: the EFCC, Skye Bank, a former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Warampo-Owei Dudafa and four companies.

The companies are: Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd., Transocean Property and Investment Company Ltd., and Globus Integrated Service Ltd.

At the resumed hearing, counsel representing the companies, Mr Jeff Kadiri, told the court that he had just been briefed and would need time to file the necessary processes.

In response, counsel to Patience, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN, informed the court that he had served his processes on all parties in the matter and was prepared to proceed with the case.

He was, however, not opposed to Kadiri's request for adjournment.

In the absence of opposition by lawyers to the other respondents, the judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, adjourned further hearing in the matter to March 6.

The four companies which the EFCC claimed were used by Dudafa to launder the $15.5 million had pleaded guilty in a criminal case before Justice Babs Kuewumi of the same court.

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