Patience Jonathan’s $15.5m account freezing suit stalled by absence of judge

Patience Jonathan’s $15.5m account freezing suit stalled by absence of judge

- The case came up on Tuesday, May 22 at the Federal High Court in Lagos

- The case was stalled by the absence of the presiding judge who was attending a workshop

- Patience Jonathan is in the court over her frozen $15.5 million

The absence of Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday, May 22, stalled the continuation of a hearing in a suit filed by Patience, the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, against the EFCC, challenging the freezing orders on her account.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the judge was said to be attending a workshop. The case was then fixed for June 19.

The report said Patience had filed the suit in 2016, to challenge the ‘no debit order’ placed by the EFCC on four bank accounts habouring a total of 15.5 million dollars.

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The Bank and a former aide to President Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa were joined as defendants in the suit.

Though the accounts were said to be opened in the names of the four companies linked to Dudafa, Patience filed the suit, laying claims to the funds.

At the last adjourned date on May 2, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) appeared for the applicant, Mr Nnemeka Omewa appeared for the EFCC, while Mr Lanre Ogunlesi (SAN) appeared for the second defendant.

Defence counsel had informed the court that counsel for the EFCC had sought for leave to file additional processes, adding that same had not been served on him.

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Other counsel also informed the court that they had yet to peruse the processes.

Justice Idris had then adjourned the case for continuation of hearing.

At previous adjourned dates, witnesses had began giving evidence in the case. earlier reported that a prosecution witness, Annette Gyen, on Monday, April 16, revealed before a Jos Federal High Court how a former water resources minister, Sarah Ochekpe, and two others withdrew N450 million.

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