EFCC seeks final forfeiture of Patience Jonathan’s $5.7m, N2.4bn

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the final forfeiture of $5.7million and N2.4billion belonging to former First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan.

It said the money is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Moving an application for the final forfeiture, the EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, said Mrs Jonathan did not earn the money legitimately.

But, Mrs Jonathan, through her lawyer, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), said the money was not stolen.

He said it was part of gifts from friends, adding that nobody complained that their money was stolen.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun on April 26, 2017 ordered the money’s temporary forfeiture based on an ex-parte application by the EFCC.

Mrs Jonathan appealed, but the Court of Appeal last January 12 upheld the temporary forfeiture.

The Supreme Court on March 15 affirmed the Court of Appeal judgment.

It directed the appellant to return to before Justice Olatoregun to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice Olatoregun adjourned until June 24 for judgment.

 

 

– The Nation

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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