Court to hear Patience Jonathan’s suit against EFCC February 13

Dame Patience Jonathan

A Federal High Court Lagos, on Wednesday fixed February 13 to hear a suit by ex-first lady, Patience Jonathan, against the EFCC seeking to unfreeze her account.

Also joined in the suit are Skye Bank Plc, and a former Special Assistant to ex-President Jonathan, Waripama-Owei Dudafa.

Others include Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Globus Integrated Service Ltd.

Mrs. Jonathan is demanding $200 million from the commission as damages for infringing on her rights.

She also prayed the court to issue an order discharging the freezing order, as well as restrain the EFCC and its agents from further placing a freezing order on the said accounts.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, Mrs. Jonathan’s lawyers, Ifedayo Adedipe, sought an adjournment to enable him serve his client’s amended claims on the companies.

He added that other defendants had been served with copies of the processes, while they have also served their counter-affidavits on the plaintiff.

In the absence of any objection from the EFCC counsel, the matter was eventually adjourned to February13 for further hearing.

In an affidavit in support of Mrs. Jonathan’s suit and deposed to by one Sammie Somiari, he said that on March 22, 2010, Mrs. Jonathan had opened five different accounts with Skye Bank, with the aid of one Damola Bolodeoku and Dipo Oshodi.

He averred that the account mandate forms were duly completed and signed by her.

Mr. Somiari stated that Mrs. Jonathan subsequently discovered that apart from one of the accounts that bore her name, the other four accounts were opened in the name of four companies which belonged to Mr. Dudafa.

He also averred that she observed that the ATM cards of the said accounts were issued in the names of the companies, adding that she complained to Mr. Dudafa, who promised to effect the necessary changes.

He said Dipo Oshodi (a Skye Bank official) also promised to effect the necessary changes.

According to Mr. Somiari, Mrs. Jonathan is not a director, shareholder or participant in these companies and the funds in the said accounts are solely owned and operated by her.

“Dudafa does not own any part of the funds in the said accounts.”

According to the deponent, the Skye Bank official (Oshodi) did not affect the instructions of the plaintiff to change the name of the said accounts to her name, in spite of repeated request.

He averred that notwithstanding the refusal of the bank to effect the necessary changes, she had been using the said ATM cards without any interference.

The deponent averred that sometimes in July, Mrs. Jonathan discovered that the ATM cards were not functioning, and immediately contacted the bank which informed her that a “No debit/freezing order’’ have been placed on the accounts.

He also averred that on further enquiry, the bank informed her that the accounts were frozen on the directive of EFCC as a result of ongoing investigation in relation to Dudafa.

Mrs. Jonathan, therefore, contends that she was never arrested or invited by EFCC prior to the freezing order placed on the accounts, said to contain about $15 million.

She further contends that the freezing order on her funds by the directive of EFCC without an order of the court is unlawful and illegal.

Consequently, Mrs. Jonathan is also seeking an order of court, directing the unfreezing of her account forthwith.

She also wants an order restraining the EFCC from taking further steps in relation to the said accounts pending the determination of the suit.

(NAN)


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  • Julius

    It seems to me she should be suing the dude and the bank. She is going after the wrong person/agency. Its a waste of courts time and resources and she should be sanction for it..say $200 million fine !

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  • Obosi Warrior

    Look at this crayfish seller. You opened a supposed legitimate account(s), with your hard earned money, and you discovered that the name in the account and the ATM is different with what you gave the bank, and you went ahead and be using the ATM card(s), till the efcc put a “No debit/freezing order’’ that is when you suddenly realized that you have to ask “why.” This woman you are a thief! You are lucky it is in Nigeria, if not, your fat a$$ will be cooling off in a jail right now for money laundering.
    Thank your star that we are living in a corrupt Nation.

  • Angry Niaja

    Arrant nonsense, mama piss opened the account since 2010, and she noticed that only one of the accounts bore her name, please madam, your were First Lady o, at the time, can anyone dare disobey!!!!!, would you not have had that person locked up and the keys thrown into the lagoon, haba even as a governors wife your reign in Bayelsa was demonic, you dealt with anyone who crossed your path without mercy. Patience Jonathan, you are a liar, a thief and a very crass, illiterate woman who has no respect for authority, between you and your handbag Bola Shagaya, who was one of your fronts, you have blood on your hands.