- Tuesday, April 13, has been fixed to hear a suit against former First Lady Patience Jonathan
- The court agreed on the date following an application seeking the final forfeiture of $5.8m and ₦2.4bn illegally acquired by Dame Patience
- The EFCC had filed a suit seeking final forfeiture of money linked to Jonathan's wife
The hearing of an application seeking the final forfeiture of $5.8 million and ₦2.4 billion illegally acquired by Patience Jonathan, the wife of Goodluck Jonathan, a former president of the country, has been secured.
According to Channels TV, Justice Chika Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday, February 8, fixed the hearing for the suit on Tuesday, April 13, after the lawyers in the matter appeared before the judge.
Back in 2017, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed the suit seeking the forfeiture of the funds to the federal government.
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, who was presiding over the matter before her retirement in 2019, had ordered the temporary forfeiture of the funds warehoused by two commercial banks.
However, at the resumed hearing of the matter, EFCC’s counsel, Abass Muhammad, narrated the journey of the case.
Justice Obiozor, in his ruling, said he would proceed with the hearing of the application for final forfeiture on April 13.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in what will be a big boost for those fighting corruption in Nigeria, a former governor lost N700 million to the federal government.
The former governor, Abdulaziz Yari, was asked to forfeit the said sum by the Abuja division of the Federal High Court.
This order followed an application that was brought before the court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
In a related development, the federal government of Nigeria is now richer as a suspected fraudster, Obinwanne Okeke, better known as Invictus Obi lost money to it.
The order for forfeiture was issued by a Federal High Court in Lagos.
Abdullah Liman, the judge had ordered the interim forfeiture of the money domiciled in a bank following an ex parte application dated December 18, 2019, filed by the Lagos zonal office of the EFCC.