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No one complained that I stole their money – Patience Jonathan tells court

Previous Nigeria’s First Lady Patience Jonathan, has told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos that nobody has grumbled that she stole their cash.

The previous First Lady requested that the court request the arrival of the $5.7m and N2.4bn seized from her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Legal counselor to Mrs. Jonathan, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), encouraged Justice Mojisola Olatoregun to expel the application by the EFCC. The EFCC is asking the court to for all time relinquish the cash to the Federal Government.

As per Adedipe, it was not directly for the counter join the organization to view the cash as the returns of wrongdoing, when the previous President’s significant other had carried out no wrongdoing.

The attorney called attention to that Patience got the cash as a blessing when her significant other was in office.

He included, “It isn’t the law that if the EFCC discovers cash in a record and it doesn’t care for the proprietor’s face, it comes to court and says ‘relinquish it. “The administration is at freedom to apply for relinquishment; however; the offense must be expressed.”

The senior legal advisor told the court that there was no support for the cash to be relinquished to the Federal Government since the counter debasement body had not demonstrated that the previous President’s better half stole money from the administration or any person. “All that the EFCC said was that they saw cash in her record and expected it was stolen. They didn’t state from who,” he said.

Likewise, a bleeding edge human rights and established legal advisor, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), showing up for La Wari Furniture and Baths, whose accounts were additionally solidified, told the court that the N2.4bn found in his customers’ records was genuine.

He stated, “It is settled law that doubt, regardless of how grave, can never add up to legitimate proof to demonstrate the blame or guilt of anybody either in criminal or standard procedures.

“They have not brought anyone to whine that cash is absent. It’s anything but wrongdoing that La Wari Furniture and Baths had profited.” Notwithstanding, the EFCC legal advisor, Rotimi Oyedepo, fought that the cash was the returns of wrongdoing.

He stated, “The $5m was not the principal respondent’s (Patience’s) real profit. She was a local official and a paid worker. The totals can’t be her real pay.

“We ask the court to concur with us and relinquish the whole to the Federal Government.” He said the financial balance wherein the N2.4bn was found “was covered in riddle and misrepresentation.”

Oyedepo said that when addressed by the EFCC, an executive of La Wari Furniture and Baths, Mrs. Oyewole Yemisi, guaranteed not to know anything about the organization and that her mark was produced. The issue was dismissed until June 24 for judgment.