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Court Strikes Out EFCC's Forfeiture Application of $8.4m, N9.1bn Linked To Patience Jonathan

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, struck out a forfeiture application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the sum of $8. 435,789.84 million USD, and N9.185, 327, 362 billion, linked to the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan and six others.

The monies were said to be in custody of Skye Bank Plc,  Diamond Bank Plc, and Stabic-IBTC and First Bank Plc.

Joined as respondents alongside Mrs. Jonathan in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1918/2017, are: Globus Integrated Service Limited, Finchley Top Homes Limited, AM-PM Global Network Limited, Pagmat Oil and Gas Limited, and Magel Resort Limited, and one Esther Oba.

The court presided over by Justice Majisola Olatoregun, struck out the application, for being abuse of court processes.

The court had earlier granted an exparte application filed by the EFCC, temporary forfeiting the said amount, after it ordered the Commission to file an affidavit showing that the said sums are not subject of litigation.

Striking out this suit, Justice Olatoregun stated that the anti-granft agency have not show enough evidence to reflect that matter before her court is not subject to litigation before any other court.

Before striking out the suit, the judge berated EFCC for its habit of carrying out media trial against suspects rather than doing justice to accused persons and the society. 

She also criticised EFCC's act of forum shopping, running from one court to another, in order denigrate and malign suspects without putting their acts together.

She ruled that it was an abuse of court process to file similar cases such as the one before her in  different divisions of the Federal High Court as the EFCC did before Justice Nyako, herself and Justice Tsoho of  Abuja and Lagos Divisions of the same Federal High Court. 

She held that fighting corruption does not equate to not respecting  citizens rights.

She consequently, struck out the EFCC's application for being abuse of court processes.

 Before today's ruling, Mrs. Jonathan, through her lawyers, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe and Mr. Mike Ozekhomeh, both Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SANs) had earlier told the court to dismiss the EFCC's application against their clients, for being abuse of court processes.

In one of the hearing of the matter, the two Senior lawyers had told the court that the EFCC had filed similar application before a Federal High Court, Abuja, which is yet to be determined, before the application of the same matter and subject matter was filed before the court.

However, the EFCC through its lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo had told the court that his employer, EFCC,had filed a notice on discontinuation on the case before Justice Binta Nyanko.

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