EFCC resumes $8.4 million fraud case against Jonathan

The pending case between Patience Jonathan and The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has resumed on Monday.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC anticipates a favourable judgement from Justice T. G Ringim of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos over the forfeiture of about $5.78million and N2.4billion linked to a former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. The judge has adjourned the case till October 7, 2021, in a bid to gather more facts.

In 2017, The EFCC had filed for the forfeiture of an undisclosed amount warehoused in Ecobank Plc and Skye Bank Plc before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.

On April 26, 2017, the judgement ordering the temporary forfeiture of the money didn’t go down well with Jonathan and other respondents, LA Wari Furniture and Bathes, which led to the decision of the Supreme Court to overrule the order of the lower court as both the appellate court and the apex court affirmed the order of Justice Olatoregun.

Since Justice Olatoregun couldn’t continue with the case because of his retirement in 2019, he reassigned the case to Justice Chuka Obiozor for hearing.

The then presiding judge, Justice Obiozor was also transferred to the Federal High Court, Benin, Edo State. As such he didn’t get the opportunity to hear the case.

At the court hearing monday, the counsel to EFCC intimated the new judge on how far the matter had gone.

Since the case was coming up before Judge Ringim for the first time, counsel to Patience Jonathan, Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN, and Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, informed the judge that the matter was adjourned for mention.

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