Patience Jonathan: Court To Hear The Former First Lady Suit Against EFCC On February 13

Patience Jonathan: Court To Hear The Former First Lady Suit Against EFCC On February 13 Banire Adekunle
On Wednesday, the federal high court had fixed february 13 to hear a suit by former first lady, Patience Jonathan, against the EFCC seeki...
court to hear patience jonathan,s suit aginst EFCC
On Wednesday, the federal high court had fixed february 13 to hear a suit by former first lady, Patience Jonathan, against the EFCC seeking to unfreeze her account.


Also joined in the suit are Skye bank plc, and former assistant to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Waripama Owei-Dudafa.

Also included are the Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and also Globus Integrated Service Ltd.

However, Mrs Patience Jonathan is demanding a sum of $200 million from the commission as damages to her right.

She also prayed to court to issue an order discharging the freezing order, as well as restrain the EFCC and its agents from further placing a freezing order on the said accounts.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, Mrs. Jonathan’s lawyers, Ifedayo Adedipe, sought an adjournment to enable him serve his client’s amended claims on the companies.

He added that other defendants had been served with copies of the processes, while they have also served their counter-affidavits on the plaintiff.

In the absence of any objection from the EFCC counsel, the matter was eventually adjourned to February13 for further hearing.

In an affidavit in support of Mrs. Jonathan’s suit and deposed to by one Sammie Somiari, he said that on March 22, 2010, Mrs. Jonathan had opened five different accounts with Skye Bank, with the aid of one Damola Bolodeoku and Dipo Oshodi.

He averred that the account mandate forms were duly completed and signed by her.

Mr. Somiari stated that Mrs. Jonathan subsequently discovered that apart from one of the accounts that bore her name, the other four accounts were opened in the name of four companies which belonged to Mr. Dudafa.

He also averred that she observed that the ATM cards of the said accounts were issued in the names of the companies, adding that she complained to Mr. Dudafa, who promised to effect the necessary changes.

He said Dipo Oshodi (a Skye Bank official) also promised to effect the necessary changes.

According to Mr. Somiari, Mrs. Jonathan is not a director, shareholder or participant in these companies and the funds in the said accounts are solely owned and operated by her.

“Dudafa does not own any part of the funds in the said accounts.”

According to the deponent, the Skye Bank official (Oshodi) did not affect the instructions of the plaintiff to change the name of the said accounts to her name, in spite of repeated request.

He averred that notwithstanding the refusal of the bank to effect the necessary changes, she had been using the said ATM cards without any interference.

The deponent averred that sometimes in July, Mrs. Jonathan discovered that the ATM cards were not functioning, and immediately contacted the bank which informed her that a “No debit/freezing order’’ have been placed on the accounts.

He also averred that on further enquiry, the bank informed her that the accounts were frozen on the directive of EFCC as a result of ongoing investigation in relation to Dudafa.

Mrs. Jonathan, therefore, contends that she was never arrested or invited by EFCC prior to the freezing order placed on the accounts, said to contain about $15 million.

She further contends that the freezing order on her funds by the directive of EFCC without an order of the court is unlawful and illegal.

Hence, what Mrs Patience Jonathan is seeking from the court is to order the unfreezing of her accounts.


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