Patience Jonathan challenges forfeiture of $8.4 million, N9.2 billion funds

Patience Jonathan challenges forfeiture of $8.4 million, N9.2 billion funds

- Patience Jonathan has challenged court decision which ordered forfeiture of her money to the federal government

- The former first lady gave six grounds on which the court decision should be set aside

- Mrs Jonathan also insisted that the justice erred by assuming jurisdiction of the case

The judgment of the Federal High Court in Lagos which ordered the permanent forfeiture of the sum of $8.4 million and another N9.2 billion belonging to Patience Jonathan to the federal government has been challenged.

The former first lady while challenging the ruling asked the Court of Appeal in Lagos to set aside the judgment of Justice Mojisola Olatoregun on six grounds, Channels TV reports.

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According to her, the judge erred in law when she assumed jurisdiction to hear the application for the final forfeiture of the sums because the issue of the court’s jurisdiction was already being challenged.

Through her counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), she said that the appellants clearly provided evidence of how the monies were made and with that, have discharged the burden placed on them by Section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act of 2007.

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Recall that a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, July 1, ordered the forfeiture of Patience Jonathan’s $8.4 million and N9.2 billion to the federal government.

In giving the verdict, Justice Olatoregun held that the money is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Following the verdict, some Nigerians are comparing Mrs Jonathan to Nigeria's late military dictator, Sani Abacha. Some of the commentators think Mrs Jonathan and Abacha are in the same league.

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