Friday, March 5, 2021

EFCC blocks Patience Jonathan at Skye Bank


Jaafar Jaafar
A graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief o Daily Nigerian
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Former Nigerian first lady, Patience Jonathan,  on Monday visited the Maitama branch of the Skye Bank in Abuja to withdraw part of her $5.9million recently unfrozen by a Lagos High Court.

But she met a brickwall.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had procured a stay-of-execution of the judgement and also simultaneously filed an appeal against the judgment given on April 6 by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.

News spread quickly that she visited the bank on Monday, following another visit on Friday 7 April. Unconfirmed reports said she wanted to withdraw as much as $1million, but was given $100,000 by the bank.

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She returned at 10:00 a.m. and had a closed-door meeting with an Executive Director of the bank.

She finally left the bank at 4:05 p.m. but declined to speak to newsmen who sought to know why she was there.

One of her aides, who declined to disclose his name, told journalists that “everything was okay”.

A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Thursday vacated its order which in 2016 froze the Skye Bank account of the ex-first lady.

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The account had a balance of $5.9 million dollars at the period.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, set aside the ‘No-Debit Order’ which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission earlier placed on the account on allegations that the money found in it was a proceed of crime.

Patience Jonathan’s lawyer, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), had urged the court to unfreeze Jonathan’s account on the grounds that she was not a party in the suit leading to the freezing order.

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Citing judicial authorities, Mr Adedipe contended that the suit was an abuse of court process as the court had no Jurisdiction to make an order against one who is not a party in a suit filed before the court.

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The EFCC did not file a response against Mr Adedipe’s suit.

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