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Federal High Court orders final forfeiture of Patience Jonathan’s N9.2bn, $8.4m

Valentine Chinyem

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Former first lady, Patient Jonathan, has lost the sum of $8.4 million (about N3billion) and N9.2 billion, to the federal government.

This is following an order by the presiding judge, justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos, that the large sum be seized permanently.

In the suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the judge said Mrs. Jonathan could not prove that the money was legitimately earned.

EFCC had given the breakdown of the moeny as $3.65 million, $4.7 million, N1.81 billion, N226.38 million, N1.09 billion, N39.42 million, N7.22 million, N55.94 million, N174.17 million, N858.93 million, N1.81 billion, N1.1 billion, N317.40 million, N1.90billion and $429.39million. According to the agency, the money was suspected to be proceeds of crime.

“I have no doubts that these monies are proceeds of unlawful activities,” the judge said.

Olatoregun said there were no evidences citing reasons why the sums were paid into the said accounts, noting that it was the duty of the accused to relate the document to the sums of money.

“I am satisfied that the respective sums are liable to be forfeited to the federal government, the respondent having failed to show cause,” the judge said.

She ordered that the sums be paid into the Central Bank of Nigeria as well as the federal government’s account.

Joined in the suit as respondents were Patience Jonathan, Globus Integrated Services Ltd, Finchley Top Homes Ltd, Am-Pm Global Network Ltd, Pagmat Oil and Gas Ltd and Magel Resort Ltd and Esther Oba, younger sister to Jonathan.