Friday, 12 January 2018

Patience Jonathan Loses In Court Of Appeal over forfeiture of $5.9 Million

The Court of Appeal in Lagos has upheld the order of interim forfeiture of $5,842,316.66 and N2,421,953,522.78 traced to the accounts of Patience Jonathan, ex-First Lady, and dismissed the appeal by defence team led by Mike Ozekhome, SAN.

Justice Owoade Mojeed who gave the lead judgment today on January 12, 2018, held that the application lacked merit, thus resolved in favor of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos had ordered the temporary forfeiture of the money to the Federal Government as the former first lady could not explain how she legitimately came about the funds.

Following the ruling, the former First Lady,  through her counsel, Ifedayo Adedipe approached the Appellate court to overturn the interim forfeiture order by Justice Olatoregun.

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