Court unfreezes Patience Jonathan’s 16 bank accounts/ Patience Jonathan
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday set aside an order made on May 30 freezing 16 accounts belonging to Nigeria's former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.
While dismissing the order, the judge held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which secured the freezing order failed to conduct its investigation into the alleged infractions involving the 16 accounts.
The anti-graft agency was earlier given 90 days to carry out its investigation on the said accounts.
Five of the frozen accounts are domiciled in Skye Bank Plc, seven in Diamond Bank Plc and the remaining four accounts are with Union Bank Plc, First Bank Plc, Ecobank and Zenith Bank Plc.
Justice Nyako’s decision was sequel to an application by Mrs Jonathan's counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, asking the court to set aside the ex-parte motion filed by the EFCC for continued control of the accounts.
EFCC lawyer, Richard Dauda, had in reaction to the application, prayed the court for an extension of the forfeiture order against funds in the 16 bank accounts.
Nyako noted that the interim forfeiture of the accounts had lapsed, ruling that the forfeiture order could not be extended as the judge asked for the accounts to be unfrozen in favour of Ozekhome.
Speaking to journalists outside the court, Ozekhome said, "the judge, Justice Binta, had given the EFCC 90 days within which to investigate and prosecute parties involved in the allegations but they never did that. So we asked the court to set aside the interim forfeiture order. The judge set aside the order granted on May 30".


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