Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan Loses As Appeal Court Upholds Forfeiture Of Her $5.7m

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Former President Goodluck wife, Patience Jonathan has lost an appeal filed over the temporary forfeiture of her $5.7 million by the Court of Appeal in Lagos.

The former first lady appealed against the judgement of Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court, Lagos which temporarily ordered that the sum of $5.7 million be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Olatoregun made the order based on an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) through its counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo.

Also the judge ordered the temporary forfeiture N2, 421,953,522.78 found in an Eco Bank Nigeria Limited account numbered 2022000760 in the name of La Wari Furniture and Baths Limited which the EFCC said belongs to Mrs. Jonathan.

The former first lady has however asked through her lawyer, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) the court to declare Section 17 of Advance Fee Fraud Act unconstitutional for being in conflict with the Evidence Act and the 1999 Constitution.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Mojeed Owoade, the appellate court held that the appeals lacked merit and similarly dismissed an appeal filed by La Wari Furniture and Baths.

The court upheld the constitutionality of Section 17 of the Advance Fee fraud Act, which empowers the EFCC to apply for the forfeiture of property reasonably suspected to be proceed of unlawful activity to the federal government.




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