Patience Jonathan Loses In $15m Court Case


Former first lady, Patience Jonathan has lost a suit which sought a Lagos Federal High Court to restrain a Judge from taking further steps on the frozen $15.5 million allegedly belonging to her.

Justice Mohammed Idris on Tuesday, refused to restrain fellow Justice Babs Kuewumi from taking further steps on the frozen sum.

Patience Jonathan through her counsel, Ifedayo Adedipe, appealed for an order to restrain Justice Babs Kuewumi from making any forfeiture orders, in respect of the said sum, which was frozen by the EFCC, until the determination of an interlocutory application on the subject.

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Counsel to Patience Jonathan, Mr. Adedipe had urged the judge to direct the EFCC not to tamper with the subject matter of the case pending the hearing of the interlocutory application.

But counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the court to dismiss the application on the grounds that the accounts which housed the money had been frozen.

Mr. Oyedepo urged the court to dismiss the application with a “wave of hand”; adding that there was already an order of court convicting four defendants for warehousing proceeds of crime.

Justice Idris hitherto ruled that he could not go into the merits or demerits of the interlocutory application, until it is moved. He ordered accelerated hearing of the case and said that he could not make any order that will be prejudicial to the outcome of the main suit.

Consequently, the case was adjourned to December 7, for the hearing of the main application.

SERAP, Patience Jonathan

Recall that Mrs. Jonathan had instituted a fundamental rights suit against the EFCC, claiming the sum of $200 million as damages for inconveniences suffered.

Respondents in the suit brought before Justice Kuewumi, on 15 counts of money laundering are; the EFCC, Skye Bank plc, and a former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Warampo Dudafa.

Also joined in the suit are four companies: Pluto Property Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean company Ltd and Globus Integrated Service Ltd.

The said $15.5 million is the same sum which the former first lady claims belongs to her as sole signatory to the accounts of the companies.

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Representatives of the four companies, which the EFCC said were used by Mr. Dudafa to launder the said money, had all pleaded guilty to the offences.