Patience Wants N200million As Damages

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed December 7, 2016 to hear the N200m fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, against the EFCC and Skye Bank Plc to challenge the freezing of four bank accounts containing $15m.

EFCC placed a ‘No Debit Order’ on the 4 accounts opened in the name of companies which were linked to ex-President Jonathan's aide on Domestic Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa.
The EFCC froze the four bank accounts on July 7, 2016 in the course of investigating Dudafa for money laundering. 
But Patience had sued the EFCC and Skye Bank claiming the ownership of the $15m found in the four bank accounts.

The matter came up for the first time before Justice Babs Kuewumi on Wednesday.

At the hearing, Patience’s lawyer, Mr. Granville Abibo (SAN), applied to discontinue the earlier motion filed by his client for the purpose of amending it.

Justice Kuewumi granted the application and struck out the motion. Abibo then informed the court that he had filed and served a new motion on the defendants.

But the EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, said the suit was not ripe for hearing.

Abibo then urged the court to restrain EFCC from tampering with the $15m in the frozen accounts pending the determination of the suit.

After listening to the parties, Justice Kuewumi adjourned till December 7, for the hearing of the case.

Patience is urging the court to compel the EFCC to immediately remove the ‘No Debit Order’ placed on the four bank accounts which are not in her name.

She also wants the court to order Skye Bank to pay her damages of N200m for what she termed the violation of her right to own personal property.