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Should Patience’s $15.5m Frozen Accounts Be Release? What is Her Hubby Concerns About The Legal Suing



This may be a thought provoking question to some
persons, while is welcome development for others. Whatever your take on this
issue may be, it is left for the Court of law to decide if or not the accounts
should remain frozen or releases the EFCC restrained order.

If you will remember, two weeks ago, the EFCC
claimed Nigerian Ex-first lady; Patience Jonathan is in another fresh
trouble as they have traced a whopping $175m to her.

According to a report by The Nation newspaper, the deposits were found in
the account of Pluto Property and Investment Limited, one of the firms linked
to Mrs. Jonathan.
EFCC detectives discovered that the account was opened on November 30, 2013
by Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited with number 2110002238.
The company was registered on January 29, 2013 with RC 1092722. The
“strange” deposits came within 14 months.
The deposits are: 21/2/2014—$46,500,000;
24/2/2014—$31,000,000; 31/3/2015—$49,250,000; 1/4/ 2015—$49,000,000 without any
form of business transactions within this stipulated period by the company. But
here was another problem; the money has been withdrawn without traces.
All these make things phishing, as if someone is playing on someone’s intelligence.
Read on as I detained what hap as the legal
representatives of the parties involved ague home their various points using
various legal jargon as why and not about the frozen acclaimed billions of
Mrs. Patience Jonathan.
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday rejected
an application by the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience,
seeking to bar the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from tampering with
a sum of $15.591 frozen in four Skye Bank accounts.
The EFCC placed a ‘No Debit Order’ on the four
bank accounts in July while probing Jonathan’s former Special Assistant on
Domestic Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, for money laundering.
But Patience, who had laid claim to the money,
filed a fundamental rights enforcement action against the EFCC, Skye Bank,
Dudafa and the four companies in whose names the accounts were opened.
She is urging the court to order the EFCC to
remove the ‘No Debit Order’ on the accounts and to release the $15.5m to her.
At the Tuesday’s proceedings in the case before
Justice Mohammed Idris, Patience’s lawyer, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), made an
oral application, urging the judge to restrain the EFCC from tampering with the
money pending the final determination of the case.
But the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, opposed
him, arguing that the four companies who owned the four bank accounts had been
convicted of money laundering by Justice Babs Kuewumi of the same court.
“We pray the court to dismiss the application
with a wave of hand. There is an order of the court that has convicted the
fourth to seventh defendants for warehousing the proceeds of crime,” Oyedepo
He argued that the case before Justice Kuewumi
would be prejudiced should Justice Idris restrain the EFCC from tampering with
the money.
Oyedepo also contended that Patience did not have
the locus standi to make such an application, and expressed doubt as to the
validity of the addresses of the fourth to seventh defendants where Patience
claimed to have served the originating summons.
Dudafa’s lawyer, Mr. Gboyega Oyewole, however,
said the court bailiff had already deposed to an affidavit that the fourth to
seventh defendants had been served.
In a short ruling, Justice Idris said he would
rather grant an accelerated hearing of the case, than make any order that would
prejudice the outcome of the main case.
He adjourned till December 7, 2016 for the
hearing of the main case.
Earlier in the proceedings, Justice Idris
acknowledged a letter from Skye Bank’s lawyer, Lanre Ogunlesi, stating that he was
indisposed and would not be able to come to court on Tuesday 22nd Nov, 2016.
Matters arising are: is the sitting government
using this anti-graft agency to hunt for her enemies or by anyway
trying to look for any linking issue to trap the ex-president?
Home many of these so called corrupt
persons have been sentence or penalizes in accordance with the law of the land?
These and many other questions… your opinion is highly welcome, and superior argument
without any forms of insult is allowed.
….Matters arising with Kingsmond Ehimare
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