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Patience Jonathan VS EFCC: Court adjourns hearing

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By Innocent Anaba

lagos—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned till May 22, for hearing of a suit by former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, challenging the freezing orders on her account.

Ex First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan

Mrs. Jonathan, in the suit, is challenging the ‘No Debit Order’ placed by the EFCC on four Skye Bank accounts, harbouring a total of $15.5 million.

Defendants are Skye Bank, a former aide to President Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa and four companies namely: 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.

Though the accounts were said to be opened in the names of the four companies linked to Dudafa, Patience filed the suit to lay claims to the funds.

At the hearing, yesterday, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN, appeared for the applicant, Mr. Nnemeka Omewa appeared for the EFCC, while Mr. Lanre Ogunlesi, SAN, appeared for the second defendant.

Defence counsel then informed the court that counsel for the EFCC had sought for leave to file additional processes, adding that same had not been served on him.

The other counsel also informed the court that they had yet to peruse the processes.

Asked by the court the date the processes were filed, EFCC’s counsel replied that it was filed on April 27.

Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris said that since parties had just been served with the processes, same could not be heard yesterday, as parties had right to look at the processes and file replies if any.

He consequently, adjourned the case to May 22 for hearing.

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