Thursday, 6 April 2017

Breaking: Court orders EFCC to defreeze Dame Patience Jonathan’s $5.9m account

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The Federal High Court, Lagos has ordered the EFCC to defreeze the account of Dame Patience Jonathan, former first lady.

You may recall that a Federal High court sitting in Lagos had earlier in December 2016 ordered freezing of multiple accounts by the EFCC, allegedly owned by Dame Patience Jonathan and also alleged to be proceeds of crime.

One of the accounts in Dame Patience name has in it precisely $5,316.66. The court, while giving reasons on why it ordered the accounts to be frozen said it was on the basis that the money is suspected to be proceeds of crime.
The court order was sequel to a further and better affidavit in support of Ex-parte originating summons sworn to by Abdullahi Tukur, an investigating officer of EFCC and filed before the court by EFCC prosecutor Rotimi Oyedepo Iseoluwa.

As part of investigations into the alleged diversion, the anti-graft agency also launched an investigation on a former Special Adviser to ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa, leading to the agency’s freezing of four companies’ accounts in Skye Bank with a balance of $15,591,700.

However, Patience Jonathan through her solicitor, First Law Associates, later gave the EFCC 14 days with effect from September 18 to unfreeze her accounts and tender a public apology to her, saying that, “our Client is a law-abiding citizen who has never or at all been the subject of any criminal and/or financial investigation, whether at home or abroad.”

“Consequently, she has not been found guilty of any criminal conduct throughout a sparkling public service career spanning over 35 years,” her solicitor said.

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