A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned the suit filed by wife of Nigeria’s former president, Mrs Patience Jonathan, seeking to un-freeze multiple accounts belonging to her in five Nigerian Banks, till March 6, 2017,
In the suit, Mrs Jonathan is claiming ownership of the sum of $15.5 million dollars which was found in the accounts and frozen by the EFCC after it obtained an order from the court.
The EFCC had told the court that the accounts in which the money was kept was allegedly used to launder funds by four companies traced to a former Presidential Aide, Emmanuel Waripamo Owei-Dudafa.
In proof of this, the identified directors of the companies in another case had pleaded guilty to an offence of conspiracy and money laundering in a criminal trial before another judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Babs Kuewumi.
Presiding Justice, Mohammed Idris, has however adjourned the matter after the request by some of the lawyers representing the companies for more time to study the case.
The lawyers said they had just been briefed to take over the matter.
Mrs Jonathan sued the EFCC, Skye Bank, Dudafa and the four companies, claiming that the frozen funds belonged to her.
She wants the court to make an order directing the EFCC to lift the restriction on the bank accounts.
She has also demanded damages in the sum of 200 million Naira from the commission for infringing on her rights.
A Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned hearing of the suit filed by wife of Nigeria’s former president, Mrs Patience Jonathan, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and six others till February 13.
In the suit, the former first lady claimed ownership of the sum of $15.5 million which was frozen by the EFCC after it obtained an order from the court.
Justice Mohammed Idris adjourned the proceedings after Mrs Jonathan’s lawyer, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe, made a case for more time to enable him serve his amended claims on the respondents.
There was no opposition to his request.
The other respondents in the case are Skye Bank Plc, a former aide to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa and four other companies.
In a separate case before Justice Babs Kuewunmi, the companies pleaded guilty to the offence of laundering the said amount of money.
Mrs Jonathan, however, claimed that the money belonged to her, saying she was the sole signatory to the accounts of the companies.
She, however, denied ownership of the companies.
Four companies allegedly used to launder the sum of 15, 591,700 million Dollars by Waripamo Owei-Didafa, an Aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan have pleaded guilty to the offence before a Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos on Thursday.
The monies involved in the case is the same money which former First Lady, Patience Jonathan claimed belongs to her.
Mrs Jonathan had last week filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit where she admitted ownership of the monies.
She had asked among other things that the court should compel the EFCC to immediately remove the ‘No Debit Order’ placed on the accounts.
The four companies are Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Development Company Limited.
They were all charged by the EFCC alongside the former aide to former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, a lawyer, Amajuoyi Azubuike Briggs & a banker, Demola Bolodeoku.
While the companies pleaded guilty, the former Presidential aide, the lawyer & banker all pleaded not guilty to a 15 count amended charge.
Channels Television’s correspondent who is in court monitoring the proceedings reports that the offences for which they were all charged was said to have been committed between November 2013 & May 2015.
The First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, says the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will give 45% affirmative to women, if President Jonathan is re-elected.
Mrs Jonathan made the remark while speaking at the Women Presidential rally in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
The first lady said the Jonathan-led administration had fulfilled its promise of 35 per cent affirmative action for women and listed the administration’s empowerment scheme to include Youwin program.
She added that the only way to sustain the program was to re-elect President Jonathan.
Also at the rally, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, assured Mr Jonathan that the people of the State would give the President and all Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) candidates a minimum of 1.5 million votes in this year’s elections.
The wife of the Akwa Ibom State governor, Mrs Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, also assured the president’s wife and her entourage of total support to ensure overwhelming victory in the elections.
The Nigerian First lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, has denied any links to a young man who allegedly died in Agura Hotel, Abuja.
A statement by the Media Assistant at the Office of the First Lady, Ayo Adewuyi, on Wednesday read:
“Our attention has been drawn to media reports linking one Christopher Awai who allegedly drowned in the swimming pool of Agura Hotel, Abuja to the First Lady, Patience Jonathan.
“This is to clearly state that the said Christopher Awai has no link whatsoever with the First Lady and as such, he is not a nephew of the First Lady.
“We also wish to state without any iota of equivocation that Madam Esther Ebiere Gbonkumor, who was mentioned in the news reports as the immediate ‘younger sister’ of the First Lady is not in any way related to Dame (Dr) Patience Faka Jonathan.
“Madam Gbonkumor was said to have petitioned the Inspector-General of Police on behalf of the family “demanding a full corona inquest into Awai’s death.”
The Office of the First Lady maintained that it is an unfounded rumour which the First Lady knows nothing about and urged the public and well-meaning Nigerians to note this for the purpose of accurate record and common good.
The wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, was on Thursday full of gratitude to God for keeping her alive to mark her birthday.
The very elated First Lady made this known at a ceremony to mark her 55th birthday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Referring to her recent prolonged trip abroad for undisclosed reasons but rumoured to be for medical treatment, the First Lady stated that “whatever might have happened to her was God’s design for her life.”
She however thanked God for the gift of life, expressed gratitude to her immediate family and Nigerians for praying for her.
Mrs Jonathan, last week arrived the country after being away in Germany for about two months.
On her arrival at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport Abuja, some Ministers and other government official welcomed her and the First Lady denied been hospitalised in Germany.
President Goodluck Jonathan, after presenting a gift to his wife for her birthday, described her as a shining star in his life .
He also thanked God for granting her good health.
The event was marked with thanksgiving prayers and presentation of gifts by family, well-wishers and friends.