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Court adjourns Patience Jonathan's $15.591m case to 2018

Court adjourns Patience Jonathan's $15.591m case to 2018

- A court sitting in Lagos has moved the application of former first lady, Patience Jonathan, to January 2018

- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been battling Dame Patience leading to the freezing of her accounts

- The court wants oral evidences from all the parties to the case

While many are praying to commence 2018 on a new slate devoid of troubles, Patience Jonathan, Nigeria’s former first lady, would continue to battle a case of alleged corruption against her.

This is because a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday, December 4, adjourned hearing of her suit seeking to unfreeze her accounts till January 19, 2018.

The accounts reportedly have a total of $15.5 million.

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The Nation reports that Justice Mohammed Idris adjourned the case to enable Patience Jonathan’s lawyers to respond to an objection filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The report said the judge had, on May 8, declared that Dame Jonathan and other parties in the case must give oral evidence on the ownership of the money because the counter-affidavits of the defendants contained disputed facts that could not be decided without oral evidence.

“In the circumstances, the court hereby orders that the parties herein file pleadings in accordance with the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2009 and trial shall then proceed accordingly,” Justice Idris held.

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The report said a new generation bank, Jonathan’s former aide Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Avalon Global Property Development Ltd are the other respondents. earlier reported how the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Tuesday, November 14, ordered that the N350 million traced to her be frozen temporarily.

The Nation reports that the money is in an account domiciled in Stanbic IBTC, according to a revelation by the EFCC to the court.

The order was given by Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari in consonance with the EFCC’s ex-parte application filed by its lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo.

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