Saturday, 10 September 2016

Patience Jonathan Takes EFCC to Court Over $31.4m Seized from Aide

Updated 10 September, 2016
Former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has filed an application at the Federal High Court in Lagos laying claim to the sum of $31.4 million in an account being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC, in the course of investigating a former presidential aide, Amajuoyi Azubike Briggs, had taken over the account and imposed a debit/credit freeze on the account in Skye Bank.
According to the Guardian, Briggs is facing trial for fraud alongside a former Skye Bank official, Damola Bolodeoku, Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited.
Others also charged include Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited and Globus Integrated Services Limited.
Mr Gboyega Oduwole, the counsel to the first defendant in the charge with case number FHC/337C/16, on Friday informed the court that Mrs Jonathan had filed a fundamental application against the EFCC, claiming ownership of the money.
In the application which was filed on September 6, 2016, with file number FHC/L/C5/1233/16, Mrs Jonathan is asking the court to make an order for the enforcement of her fundamental rights, in terms of reliefs she sought, and naming as defendants, the EFCC and Skye Bank Plc.
The former first lady also asked the federal high court to make a declaration that the fund standing to the credit of four of the companies and an account in her own name in Skye Bank belonged to her.
She further asked the court to declare that the action of the EFCC in placing a No Debit/Freezing Order on the said accounts without any order of a competent court of law or prior notice to her, amounted to a breach of her fundamental rights as contained in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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