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Patience Jonathan’s Suit: Court Fixes Nov 13 For Evidence

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Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday adjourned the suit, seeking final forfeiture of about 8.4 million dollars, and N9.2 billion found in bank accounts linked to a former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, to November 13, to take video evidence in a suit.

The court adjourned the case after one of the lawyers to the former first lady, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) asked the court for an opportunity to shows video clip evidence of various outfits, legitimately run by his client.

Justice Olatoregun had granted the interim order on April 20, after entertaining an ex-parte application filed before her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), specifically seeking the temporary forfeiture of the sum of $3,645,013.73 domiciled with First Bank of Nigeria Ltd and traced to Mrs Jonathan to the government.

Asides this sum, the court further ordered the interim forfeiture of another $4.3m, N1.8bn, N226m,  $429,381.87 cents and various other sums traced to 6 others said to have links with former first lady.

Mrs. Jonathan, five firms and one, Esther Oba were listed as respondents in the suit.

The firms that were listed as second to sixth defendants were; Globus Integrated Services Limited, Finchley Top Homes Limited, Am-Pm Global Network Limited, Pagmat Oil and Gas Limited and Magel Resort Limited.

At the resumed hearing of the case yesterday, counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, while moving the application, informed the Court that the application for final forfeiture was dated May 8, seeking an order of the Court for a final forfeiture of the sums of money listed in the application.

He supported his application with an affidavit deposed to on May 20, by Orji Chukwuma, an operative with the commission, and told the court that he relies on the written averments, as well as exhibits EFCC 12 and 13, in support of his application.

Oydepo told the court that he also relies on the written address attached to the application, and urged the court to grant the application for final forfeiture.

In his opposition to the application, counsel to first respondent, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) urged the court to refuse the application for final forfeiture on the grounds that sufficient facts had not been placed before the court to warrant a final order.

Adedipe submitted that the sum total of the applicant’s case is that, it found monies in the account of the first respondent, which it said are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

After listening to all parties Justice Olatoregun adjourned the case until November 13 for the respondent to properly apply and exhibit its video evidence before the court.

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