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Patience Jonathan’s $15.5m: Absence Of Prosecutor Stalls Trial Of Firms, Others



Hearing could not continue at the Federal High Court, Lagos yesterday where three persons and four companies are standing trial for alleged cover up in the $15.5million belonging to former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.

The ongoing trial of four companies and three persons, allegedly used to launder $15.5 million for the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, before the Federal High Court in Lagos was stalled due to the absence of the prosecutor.

It will be recalled that the companies had through their representatives, pleaded guilty on September 15, 2016 to the charge of money laundering, and were convicted by the judge.

The companies are: Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Avalon Global Property Development Ltd.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned them with a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo Dudafa, a lawyer, Amajuoyi Briggs and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku.

But Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku had pleaded not guilty to the 17-count charge brought against them.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday, lawyers to the accused persons, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Ademola Adefolaju and Ige Asemudara expressed surprise at the absence of the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo.

They however, urged the court for an adjournment to allow the prosecutor to come and attend to the matter.

After listening to the defence counsels, the trial judge, Justice Babs Kuewumi adjourned the matter till January 17 for continuation of trial.



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