Court Strikes Out EFCC Suit Against Patience Jonathan

Court Strikes Out EFCC Suit Against Patience Jonathan


The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Thursday, struck out a suit by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] against Dame Patience Jonathan bordering on money laundering of $5.3 million domiciled in Skye Bank Plc.

The court struck out the suit at the behest of the EFCC which applied for the strike out court action.

Recall that the Court, last month, struck out a forfeiture application by EFCC for the sum of $8. 435,789.84 million and N9.185, 327, 362 billion, allegedly linked to the former First Lady, Mr Patience Jonathan and six others.

Striking out the suit, the trial judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun said the application is an abuse of court processes.

Justice Olatoregun had earlier granted an ex parte application by the EFCC for temporary forfeiture.

She thereafter ordered the Commission to file an affidavit showing that the said sums were not subject of litigation before another court.

The court, however, later struck out the case stating that EFCC did not show enough evidence that the matter was not subject to litigation before any other court.

Justice Olatoregun scolded the anti-graft agency for “media trial” of suspects rather than pursue their prosecution diligently.

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