Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court sitting
in Lagos has ordered that a domiciliary account of ex-first
lady, Patience Jonathan, at Skye Bank Plc., reportedly
containing $5.9million be unfrozen because she was not a
party to the initial case that led to the freezing of the
The account had hitherto been frozen by the same court
following an affidavit in support of Ex-parte originating
summons sworn to by an EFCC operative, Abdulahi Tukur, and
filed before the court by EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo.
However, the court reversed the initial freezing order sequel to
an application argued by her (Patience’s) legal team which is
led by Adedayo Adedipe (SAN).
Adedipe urged the court to unfreeze the account on the
ground that Patience Jonathan was not a party in the suit
leading to the order made by the court.
Adedipe while citing judicial authorities contended that the
order was an abuse of court process as the court has no
jurisdiction to make an order against a party that is not a
party in a suit filed before the court.
The EFCC did not file any response to the application filed by
Adedipe seeking to discharge the order.
Based on the submission which the court admitted and
upheld, Justice Olatoregun discharged the initial order
freezing the account.
Outspoken lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike
Ozhekome, only a few weeks ago said that the action of the
EFCC was unjust.
As had become customary any day the case involving Mrs.
Jonathan came up in court, supporters of the ex-first lady
again thronged the court premises in a show of solidarity.