Lagos - The efforts of Nigeria’s former first lady, Patience Jonathan to reclaim her money frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) suffered a setback on Tuesday.
The former First Lady had instituted a fundamental rights suit against the EFCC, claiming the sum of $200 million as damages for inconveniences suffered by freezing her account.
Ruling on the case on Tuesday, Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court Lagos on Tuesday refused to restrain a fellow judge from taking steps in relation to the frozen $15.5 million allegedly belonging to Patience Jonathan, reports Premium Times
He declined an application by counsel to the former first lady, Ifedayo Adedipe, who sought an order to restrain Justice Babs Kuewumi from taking further steps on the frozen sum.
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Adedipe had urged the court to stop Justice Kuewumi from making any forfeiture orders, in respect of the said sum, which was frozen by the EFCC, until the determination of an interlocutory application on the subject.
In the suit, Patience Jonathan had joined the EFCC, Skye Bank plc, and a former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Warampo Dudafa, as respondents.
In the suit before Justice Kuewumi, Dudafa according to Daily Post was charged alongside the four companies on 15 counts of money laundering.
Representatives of the four companies, which the EFCC said were used by Dudafa to launder the said money, had all pleaded guilty to the offences.
The said $15.5 million is the same sum which the former first lady claims belongs to her as sole signatory to the accounts of the companies.
- News 24