Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has granted an interim forfeiture of the sum of N9.2bn and $8.4m linked to the wife of former President, Patience Jonathan, to the Federal Government.
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun granted the order following an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after it had consolidated all similar applications on the subject matter.
The court, on April 14, while delivering the ruling on an objection raised by Mrs Jonathan to the EFCC’s first ex-parte application on the funds, held that the move by the anti-graft agency was an abuse of court process as it was already the subject of litigation before two other judges.
However, EFCC returned with another ex-parte application for temporary forfeiture.
The money is said to be in Skye Bank Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Bank and First Bank Plc.
Justice Olatoregun, in her ruling, ordered the commission to publish the order in a national newspaper to give any interested party an opportunity to come before the court within 14 days to show cause why the sums should not be permanently forfeited.
Patience Jonathan, five firms and one, Esther Oba were listed as respondents in the suit.
The firms that were listed as second to sixth defendants were; Globus Integrated Services Limited, Finchley Top Homes Limited, Am-Pm Global Network Limited, Pagmat Oil and Gas Limited and Magel Resort Limited.
The case has been adjourned to the 11th of May, for interested parties to show cause why the funds should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
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