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Patience Jonathan claims $31.4m in account frozen by EFCC




Wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, has allegedly claimed that about $31.4 million dollars in some accounts frozen by the EFCC actually belong to her.


She is reported to have filed an application through her counsel, Mr. Gboyega Oduwole at the Federal High Court in Lagos, urging the court to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to unfreeze the said accounts, and free the funds.


The EFCC has sought for and obtained an order of the court to freeze the accounts, in an ongoing investigation of fraud against a former presidential aide, Amajuoyi Azubike Briggs; a former Skye Bank official, Damola Bolodeoku, Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited.


The said companies are said to be without addresses.


Others also charged in the EFCC case are Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited and Globus Integrated Services Limited.


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But Mrs. Jonathan, in her application filed on September 6, 2016, with file number FHC/L/C5/1233/16, stated that the EFCC action violates her fundamental rights, and named the EFCC and Skye Bank Plc as defendands.


Mama Peace as she is fondly called, begged the 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 belongs to her.


She also asked the court to declare that the action of the anti-graft body 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, is a breach of her fundamental rights as contained in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


A date is yet to be fixed for hearing of the case.




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