Written by on May 25, 2019

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the final forfeiture of $5.7million and N2.4billion belonging to former First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan claiming that the money is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.


Moving an application for the final forfeiture, the EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, said the former president’s wife did not earn the money legitimately.


However the former first lady, Patience Jonathan, through her lawyer, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), said the money was not stolen.


He insisted it was part of gifts from friends, adding that nobody complained that their money was stolen.


It would be recalled that Justice Mojisola Olatoregun on April 26, 2017 ordered the money’s temporary forfeiture based on an ex-parte application by the EFCC.


Meanwhile, a senior advocate of Nigeria Ifedayo Adedipe, lawyer to wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to the presiding Judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun to dismiss the application by the EFCC, praying that the $5.7m and N2.4bn seized from former First Lady, Patience Jonathan be permanently forfeited to the federal government.


Adedipe who stated that it was wrong for the EFCC to tag the money as proceeds of crime, argued that such gifts were normal, pointing out that even the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, was seeking to build a university.


The former First Lady told the Court that till date, no one has accused her of stealing money. She therefore urged the court to order the release of the $5.7m and N2.4bn seized from her by the EFCC.


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