Court Unfreezes Patience Jonathan’s Account

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A Federal High Court, Lagos yesterday unfroze the account of former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.

The account, which was earlier frozen by the court, following the application of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is containing $5,842,316.66 and domiciled with Skye Bank Plc.

The order of the court was sequel to an application filed and argued before the court by her counsel, Mr. Adedayo Adedipe (SAN), leading seven other lawyers.

The lawyers urged the court to unfreeze the account on the ground that Patience Jonathan was not a party in the suit leading to the order made by the court freezing her account.

Adedipe while citing judicial authorities contended that the suit was an abuse of court process, as the court has no jurisdiction to make an order against a party that is not a party in a suit filed before it.

The EFCC, which initiated the suit leading to the order made by the court did not file any response to the application filed to discharge the order. In her ruling, the trial judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, upheld the submission of Adedipe and discharged the order freezing the account.

Source: Guardian

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