Federal High Court Refuses To Make Permanent Forfeiture Order On Patience Jonathan’s Alleged Fraud Case

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun known to be the judge at the Federal High Court in Lagos has closed an application from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to order the final forfeiture of $8.4 million and N7.4 billion in relation to the former First Lady of Nigeria identified as Dame Patience Jonathan.

The judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos, had previously in April last year, ordered the temporary forfeiture of the funds which EFCC made clear was suspected to be the result of the crime.

Mrs Patience Jonathan, Globus Integrated Services Ltd, Finchley Top Homes Ltd, Am-Pm Global Network Ltd, Pagmat Oil and Gas Ltd and Magel Resort Ltd and Esther Oba, all companies and organizations linked to the former first lady, had shown at the time that the total sum of money was been investigated were donations she received from Nigerians whom she described as good and who loved her and wanted to bless her by sending funds.

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It was also noted that some of the temporarily forfeited sums are N1.085billion and N226.3million discovered in Finchley’s Ecobank account and N39.4million found in its Diamond Bank account, as well as N55.9million, found in Pagmat Oil and Gas’ Diamond Bank account, among others which are yet to be identified.

Justice Olatoregun on Thursday, February 28th, made it clear that all the parties in the suit must give oral evidence to justify the money’s source and ownership.

Below is the judge rule:

“I have stated here that the right of parties in this suit cannot be determined by affidavit evidence. Oral testimonies are to be called with cross extermination. I hereby order parties to call upon their witnesses so that the right of parties can be determined one way or the other.”

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