Patience Jonathan: Court adjourns forfeiture suit against former first lady

Patience Jonathan: Court adjourns forfeiture suit against former first lady

- The court has adjourned a suit filed against Patience Jonathan until May 24

- The suit was adjourned after defence counsel informed the court that it required time to look at a counter affidavit served on it by the EFCC

- The anti-graft agency is seeking final forfeiture of about 8.4 million dollars and N7.4 billion linked to Patience

A Federal High Court Lagos, Wednesday, May 8, adjourned until May 24, a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), seeking final forfeiture of about 8.4 million dollars, and N7.4 billion found in accounts linked to a former first lady, Patience Jonathan.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun adjourned the suit for continuation of affidavit evidence, after defence counsel informed the court that it required time to look at a counter affidavit served on it by the EFCC.

Meanwhile, defence counsel, Messrs Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), and Ige Asemudara had respectively moved their processes in opposition to the motion for final forfeiture.

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On January 15, the court had admitted electronic evidences presented by respondent counsel, which depicted video exhibits showing various business outfits of Finchley Top Homes Ltd. and Magel Resort Ltd.

The court had then adjourned for judgment, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

In a judgment delivered on February 28, the court had held that it finds the affidavit evidences conflicting, adding that same can only be resolved by oral evidences of parties. The court had then ordered parties to call their witnesses.

At the last adjourned date, an EFCC witness, Orji Chukwuma had concluded evidence before the court, while the court had adjourned for continuation of evidence.

When the case was called on Wednesday, Oyedepo informed the court that he filed a counter affidavit which he had served on the defence, adding that he was ready to proceed.

Meanwhile, defence counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) confirmed service of the counter affidavit but added that there were new facts deposed in same, which he required time to look and respond to. He, therefore, sought an adjournment which was not opposed by other counsel.

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The court consequently adjourned until May 24 for continuation of trial. Evidence will now continue on the next adjourned date.

Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria’s Supreme Court on Friday, March 15, affirmed the interim forfeiture of N2.4 billion allegedly traced to Patience Jonathan the wife of Goodlcuk Jonathan, former president of the country.

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