Patience Jonathan to know fate of $8.4m forfeiture suit on February 11

Patience Jonathan

Immediate past First Lady, Patience Jonathan, will on February 11 know the fate of $4.8 million and N7.4 billion allegedly linked to her when a Federal High Court in Lagos delivers judgment in an application seeking final forfeiture of the monies.

EFCC filed the application against the former first lady and six others.

The others are Globus Integrated Services Ltd., Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd., Pagmat Oil and Gas Ltd., Magel Resort Ltd., and Esther Oba, as the second to the seventh respondents, respectively.

The commission had on April 20, 2018, via an ex-parte application, obtained an order for interim forfeiture of the sums.

EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, on October 29, 2018, filed an application for final forfeiture of the sums.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Mr Oyedepo told the court that the EFCC had filed and served a further affidavit to the respondents’ application to show cause.

Counsel to the respondents, Mike Ozekhome, however, opposed from paragraphs eight to paragraph 12 of the affidavit, and prayed the court to expunge them.

Mr Ozekhome said the prosecution raised new issues in an attempt to discredit a video exhibit on the case, instead of responding to existing issues.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun held that there was no need to expunge the paragraphs, noting that no new issues were raised.

In his submission for final forfeiture, Oyedepo told the court that Jonathan, fraudulently diverted funds from Women for Change Initiative, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) linked to her.

According to him, most of the funds were fraudulently diverted from the NGO to other accounts of the second to sixth respondents – companies said to be owned by the former first lady.