Seized $5.9m: New judges take over Patience Jonathan’s case - BLUE VOICE RADIO

The Unknown Artiste Hub

ON AIR

Seized $5.9m: New judges take over Patience Jonathan’s case

Seized $5.9m: New judges take over Patience Jonathan’s case

Share This



A new panel of Appeal Court Justices has been assigned to hear the appeal filed by the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, against the temporary seizure of a sum of $5.9m found in her Skye Bank account.

 The appeal was initially assigned to a panel of three Justices comprising Justices John Ikyeh, Abimbola Obaseki-Adejumo and Abraham Georgewill.

 But at the July 12 proceedings in the case, Justice Ikyeh, who presided over the panel, told the counsel on both sides that the appeal could not go on because one of the three justices had decided to withdraw from the case for personal reasons.

 The court then adjourned proceedings till September 18.

 At the resumed proceedings on Monday, a new panel comprising Justices Mohammed Garuba, Yargata Nimpar and Inyang Ogakwu, replaced the old panel led by Justice Ikyeh.

 The new panel fixed November 3 for the hearing of the appeal.

 Patience, through her lawyer, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), is, in the appeal, urging the Court of Appeal to overturn an April 26, 2017 interim order of Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos, who ordered that the $5.9m found in her Skye Bank account be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government.

 The forfeiture order was made in favour of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which took an ex parte application before the judge.

Apart from Patience’s personal account with $5.9m, the court also froze a number of accounts linked with her, including an Ecobank account with a balance of N2.4bn, opened in the name of one La Wari Furniture and Bath Limited.

In a supporting affidavit attached to the ex parte application, the EFCC told Justice Olatoregun that the funds were suspected to be proceeds of Patience’s alleged criminal activities.

An EFCC operative, Musbahu Abubakar, who deposed to the affidavit, stated that Mrs Jonathan opened the Skye Bank account on February 7, 2013, and used it allegedly for proceeds of crime.

 According to Abubakar, Mrs Jonathan made several cash deposits in United States dollars into the account, through a former Special Assistant to ex-President Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, and a State House steward, Festus Iyoha.

He said as of January 30, 2015, the Skye Bank account had a balance of $6.7m but she subsequently reduced it to $5.9m.

The EFCC had prayed the court to urgently freeze the account so as to prevent her from moving the funds.

Justice Olatoregun then granted the interim forfeiture order and adjourned till May 22, 2017 for anyone interested in the funds to appear before her to show cause why the funds should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

On May 22, Patience’s lawyer, Adedipe, appeared in court in company with counsel for La Wari Furniture and Bath Limited, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN). They told Justice Olatoregun that their clients had appealed the temporary forfeiture order.

They urged the judge to suspend further proceedings pending the outcome of the appeal.

They argued that it would be disrespectful for Justice Olatoregun to proceed with the case after the appeal had been entered and the appellate court had issued a hearing notice.

Justice Olatoregun then adjourned the case till September 24, 2017, to give the parties time to “ventilate their views before the appellate court.”

No comments:

Post a Comment

Advert Space