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Court hears forfeiture suit against Patience Jonathan May 24

Court hears forfeiture suit against Patience Jonathan May 24

Equity Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court, Lagos, has fixed May 24 for becoming aware of a relinquishment body of evidence against ex-First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

The court had on April 26, 2017, requested the transitory relinquishment of $5.7million and N2,421,953,522.78 supposedly having a place with Mrs. Jonathan.

The judge made the request dependent on an ex-parte application by EFCC.

EFCC said the N2.4billion was found in an Ecobank Nigeria Ltd account number 2022000760 for the sake of La Wari Furniture and Baths Ltd.

Following the impermanent relinquishment, Mrs. Jonathan, through her legal advisor Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), claimed.

The Court of Appeal, last January 12, maintained the impermanent relinquishment. Disappointed with the decision, Mrs Jonathan engaged the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, on March 15, asserted the Court of Appeal judgment, guiding the litigant to come back to the preliminary court to demonstrate cause why the cash ought not be for all time relinquished to the Federal government.

The Supreme Court additionally dismissed her supplication to strike out the arrangements of Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud Act, which EFCC depended on in documenting the application.

At the continued knowing about the suit on Wednesday, EFCC’s legal counselor Rotimi Oyedepo, said he got two sworn statements from Ozekhome on April 29.

One of them, he stated, was a counter-oath to the movement on notice for definite relinquishment, and a further testimony.

He said EFCC documented and served its answer to the SAN’s movements on Tuesday.

Reacting, Ozekhome stated: “We got their oath at 5.5pm yesterday (Tuesday). A plenty of displays were appended. Their sworn statement is packed with new actualities.

“These are actualities that are profound, so profound that they expect us to react. We don’t need any of their actualities to be esteemed conceded in light of the fact that we didn’t react.

“I was presented with a massive archive which has things that were not part of the first application.

“I’m just saying that in light of a legitimate concern for equity, we have to respond to those issues raised.”

Adedipe said he had no protests to Ozekhome’s solicitation for deferment.

Giving the deferment, Justice Olatoregun said there must be a conclusion to case.

“I trust parties understand that there must be a conclusion to in reverse and forward documenting of uses,” she said.

In the wake of tuning in to the accommodation of the gatherings, Justice Olatoregun dismissed until May 24. Equity Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court, Lagos, has fixed May 24 for becoming aware of a relinquishment body of evidence against ex-First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

The court had on April 26, 2017, requested the transitory relinquishment of $5.7million and N2,421,953,522.78 supposedly having a place with Mrs. Jonathan.

The judge made the request dependent on an ex-parte application by EFCC.

EFCC said the N2.4billion was found in an Ecobank Nigeria Ltd account number 2022000760 for the sake of La Wari Furniture and Baths Ltd.

Following the impermanent relinquishment, Mrs. Jonathan, through her legal advisor Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), claimed.

The Court of Appeal, last January 12, maintained the impermanent relinquishment. Disappointed with the decision, Mrs. Jonathan engaged the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, on March 15, asserted the Court of Appeal judgment, guiding the litigant to come back to the preliminary court to demonstrate cause why the cash ought not to be for all time relinquished to the Federal government.

The Supreme Court additionally dismissed her supplication to strike out the arrangements of Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud Act, which EFCC depended on in documenting the application.

At the continued knowing about the suit on Wednesday, EFCC’s legal counselor Rotimi Oyedepo said he got two sworn statements from Ozekhome on April 29.

One of them, he stated, was a counter-oath to the movement on notice for definite relinquishment, and a further testimony.

He said EFCC documented and served its answer to the SAN’s movements on Tuesday.

Reacting, Ozekhome stated: “We got their oath at 5.5pm yesterday (Tuesday). Plenty of displays were appended. Their sworn statement is packed with new actualities.

“These are actualities that are profound, so profound that they expect us to react. We don’t need any of their realities to be esteemed conceded because we didn’t respond.

“I was presented with a massive archive which has things that were not part of the first application.

“I’m just saying that in light of a legitimate concern for equity, we have to respond to those issues raised.”

Adedipe said he had no protests to Ozekhome’s solicitation for deferment.

Giving the deferment, Justice Olatoregun said there must be a conclusion to the case.

“I trust parties understand that there must be a conclusion to in reverse and forward documenting of uses,” she said.

In the wake of tuning in to the accommodation of the gatherings, Justice Olatoregun dismissed until May 24.

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