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Court Strikes Out EFCC Suit Against Patience Jonathan

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Thursday, struck out a suit by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] against Dame Patience Jonathan bordering on money laundering of $5.3 million domiciled in Skye Bank Plc.

The court struck out the suit at the behest of the EFCC which applied for the strike out court action.

Recall that the Court, last month, struck out a forfeiture application by EFCC for the sum of $8. 435,789.84 million and N9.185, 327, 362 billion, allegedly linked to the former First Lady, Mr Patience Jonathan and six others.

Striking out the suit, the trial judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun said the application is an abuse of court processes.

Justice Olatoregun had earlier granted an ex parte application by the EFCC for temporary forfeiture.

She thereafter ordered the Commission to file an affidavit showing that the said sums were not subject of litigation before another court.

The court, however, later struck out the case stating that EFCC did not show enough evidence that the matter was not subject to litigation before any other court.

Justice Olatoregun scolded the anti-graft agency for “media trial” of suspects rather than pursue their prosecution diligently.

She also criticised EFCC of what she termed “forum shopping”, accusing it of “running from one court to another to obtain one shaky judgement or another.

She said was an abuse of court process to file similar cases such as the one before her in different divisions of the Federal High Court as the EFCC did before Justice Nyako, herself and Justice Tsoho of Abuja and Lagos Divisions of the same Federal High Court.

In this latest instance, the court honoured EFCC request to strike out the suit involving other five companies, which had a total sum of N7, 418, 829, 290.94 billion and one Esther Oba, who is said to have $429, 381.87 million.

The affected companies are:

  1. Finchley Top Homes Limited,
  2. AM-PM Global Network Limited,
  3. Aribawa Arura Reachout Foundation,
  4. Pagmat Oil and Gas Limited and,
  5. Mabel Resort Limited.

Lawyer to the respondents, Mr Ige Asemudara told the court that the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Mohammed Idris, who was equally in court, had signified to discontinue the suit, by filing a notice of discontinuance.

Asemudara, therefore, urged the court to strike out the case.

Asemudara’s application was granted and Justice Olatoregun consequently struck the case out.


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