Court Adjourns Suit Seeking Forfeiture Of Patience Jonathan’s $5.8m
Patience will have to hold her breath for another 7 days.
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday adjourned a suit seeking to legally confiscate $5.8 million belonging to Patience Jonathan.
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun adjourned the case after a counsel to Mrs Jonathan, Ifedayo Adedipe, argued that his client was not given enough time to file a response to the suit.
On April 26, the court had issued an interim order for the forfeiture of the sum.
The order followed an ex-parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), that sought the forfeiture of the sum to the government, pending the determination of the substantive case against them.
After the court granted the interim order it directed that same be advertised in a national daily, to enable any interested party to appear and show cause why the interim order should not be made final.
When the case was called on Monday, Mrs Jonathan’s counsel informed the court of a notice of Appeal he had filed against the court’s ruling.
Mr Adedipe further told the court that the publication of the court’s order in the national daily was only done on May 11, highlighting that the notice was too short to give room for the filing of any response.
In response, a counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that the business of the day was for any interested party to appear and show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited.
He claimed that the argument of Mrs Jonathan’s counsel was outside the purview of the court’s business and demanded that it should be discarded.
But after listening to the parties, Justice Olatoregun adjourned the case on the grounds that the time frame of the newspaper publication was short.
She, therefore, adjourned the case to May 22, for Mrs Jonathan or any interested party to appear and show cause why the interim forfeiture order of the monies should not be made final.