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Patience Jonathan accuses EFCC of hiring mercenaries to plead guilty

16 September 2016, 10:49

Abuja - Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan has faulted the representatives of the four companies who pleaded guilty on Thursday to her charges of money laundering at a Federal High Court in Lagos, presided over by Justice Babs Kuewumi.

The former First Lady’s through her media aide, Chima Osuji alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) presented four unknown people as representatives of the companies, all of who did not show letters authorising them by their respective boards to represent them in the case.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants told the court through their counsel that their clients were challenging the validity of the representatives of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited; and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited on the basis that they failed to produce a letter of authority to represent the companies as required under section 477 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has since frozen the companies’ accounts with Skye Bank, while Patience Jonathan has sued the commission and the bank, laying claims to the accounts.

Patience Jonathan had on Friday filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit where she admitted ownership of the monies according to News 24

She had asked among other things that the court should compel the EFCC to immediately remove the ‘No Debit Order’ placed on the accounts.

- News 24


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