Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has asked a Federal High Court sitting Lagos to unfreeze her accounts in which $8.4 million and N7.4 billion were domiciled.
The former first lady made the appeal through her counsel Monday, praying on trial judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun to release the accounts.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on April 20, 2018, through an ex parte application, obtained an interim forfeiture of the money.
The EFCC had in the suit joined Globus Integrated Services Limited, Finchley Top Homes Limited, Am-Pm Global Network Limited, Pagmat Oil and Gas Limited and Magel Resort Limited and Esther Oba as respondents.
When the case was called yesterday, Rotimi Oyedepo appeared for the EFCC, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) appeared for the first respondent, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) appeared for the second respondent, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) appeared for the third to sixth respondents, and Ige Asemudara appeared for the seventh respondent.
After listening to Mrs. Jonathan’s counsel’s submission Justice Olatoregun adjourned the case till November 13, 2018 to take video evidence and for the EFCC to explain why the accounts should remain frozen.