A federal judge has granted former first lady, Patience Jonathan, access to a sum of $5.9m she is laying claim to. The judge was led into giving the ruling after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, withdrew its application for a stay of execution. The application followed a ruling which de-freeze the bank account, which the EFCC had earlier got an order to freeze.
Rotimi Oyedepo told the court the EFCC decision, which Ifedayo Adedipe, Patience Jonathan’s lawyer, didn’t object to.
Based on this, presiding judge, Mojisola Olatoregun upheld the decision.
The EFCC alleged four firms acted as proxies to launder money. The anti-graft agency believed the money was proceeds of crime and subsequently charged the companies accordingly. Representatives of the four firms admitted to the crime and were consequently convicted. While the firms were being prosecuted, Patience Jonathan stepped forward to lay claim to the money. The EFCC applied to a court that the money be temporarily forfeited to the federal government, and was granted its request. Patience Jonathan challenged the ruling and got the bank account de-frozen. Dissatisfied, the EFCC applied for stay of execution, which it withdrew on Tuesday.
- Adefola Ademosu