Patience Jonathan claims ownership of $31.4m seized by EFCC – The Cable

Patience Jonathan, former first lady, has claimed ownership of a sum of $31.4 million in a case on which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) issued a no debit/freezing order.

According to TheGuardian, the former first lady, through Gboyega Oduwole, her counsel, claimed ownership of the money in an application filed at the Lagos federal high court on September 6, with FHC/L/C5/1233/16 marked as the case file.

The former first lady is asking the court to make an order for the enforcement of her fundamental rights by naming EFCC and Skye Bank Plc as defendants.

She also asked the court to make a declaration that the fund standing to the credit of four of the companies named in the case and an account in her name in Skye Bank belonged to her.

The former first lady further prayed the court to declare that the placing of a freezing order on the said accounts without any order of a court or prior notice to her, is a breach of her fundamental rights as contained in the 1999 Nigeria’s constitution as amended.

Damola Bolodeoku, a former Skye bank official; Amajuoyi Azubike Briggs, a former presidential aide; Trans Ocean Property and Investment company limited, Seagate Property Development and Investment company limited and Globus Integrated Services limited had been taken to court by EFCC for alleged $31.4 million fraud involving the companies without addresses.

Other parties involved in the case are Pluto Property and Investment Company limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company limited.