Wednesday, 21 February 2018

National News

Patience Jonathan’s N7.4bn: Judge’s Absence Stalls Suit

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had commenced fresh moves to seize funds in 15 bank accounts linked to Patience, totalling $6.4m and over N7.4bn , but the suit, which was earlier fixed for hearing, was stalled on Monday following the absence of Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a  Federal High Court in Lagos had to adjourned until February 14 hearing of   the motion seeking the forfeiture of funds linked to wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience.

 

The judge was said to be attending a workshop and consequently, the case has been adjourned until February 14 for hearing.

 

In the last two adjournments, EFCC’s counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, had appeared before Justice Olatoregun, seeking to move an ex parte application for a temporary forfeiture of the said funds.

 

Before adjourning the case, the judge directed EFCC to file an affidavit to convince the court that there were no pending suits in relation to the same subject matter before the court.

 

In the said ex parte application, the EFCC listed Patience Jonathan and one Esther Oba as respondents.

 

Also listed as defendants are Globus Integrated Services Ltd., Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd., Pagmat Oil and Gas Ltd. and Magel Resort Ltd.

 (NAN)