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Court adjourns till May 24 on suit seeking forfeiture of Patience Jonathan’s $8.4m, N7.4bn

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A Federal High Court Lagos, Wednesday, adjourned until May 24, a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, seeking final forfeiture of about 8.4 million dollars, and N7.4billion found in accounts linked to a former first Lady, Patience Jonathan.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun adjourned the suit for continuation of affidavit evidence, after defence counsel informed the court that it required time to look at a counter affidavit served on it by the EFCC.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the EFCC had secured an interim order for forfeiture of the sums on April 20, 2018, before Olatoregun, following a motion exparte.

It joined as respondents: Patience Jonathan, Globus Integrated Services Ltd, Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd, Pagmat Oil and Gas Ltd and Magel Resort Ltd and Esther Oba.

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On October 29, 2018, EFCC counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, had moved his motion for final forfeiture of the sums, urging that same be finally forfeited to the Federal Government.

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Meanwhile, defence counsel, Messrs Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), and Mr Ige Asemudara had respectively moved their processes in opposition to the motion for final forfeiture.

On Jan. 15, the court had admitted electronic evidences presented by respondent counsel, which depicted video exhibits showing various business outfits of Finchley Top Homes Ltd. and Magel Resort Ltd.

The court had then adjourned for judgment.

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In a judgment delivered on Feb. 28, the court had held that it finds the affidavit evidences conflicting, adding that same can only be resolved by oral evidences of parties.

The court had then ordered parties to call their witnesses.

At the last adjourned date, an EFCC witness, Orji Chukwuma had concluded evidence before the court, while the court had adjourned for continuation of evidence.

When the case was called on Wednesday, Oyedepo informed the court that he filed a counter affidavit which he had served on the defence, adding that he was ready to proceed.

Meanwhile, defence counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, confirmed service of the counter affidavit but added that there were new facts deposed in same, which he required time to look and respond to.

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He, therefore, sought an adjournment which was not opposed by other counsel.

The court consequently adjourned until May 24 for continuation of trial.

Evidence will now continue on the next adjourned date.


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