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Court unfreezes accounts belonging to Patience Jonathan

December 6, 2017

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has set aside its order made on May 30, freezing 16 accounts belonging to wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.Mrs Binta Nyako withdrew the order on Tuesday on the grounds that Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which secured the freezing order failed to conduct its investigation into the alleged infractions involving the 16 accounts.

The court’s decision followed an application by counsel to Mrs. Jonathan asking the court to set aside an ex-parte motion filed by EFCC for continued control of the accounts.

The lawyer, Mr Mike Ozekhome, described EFCC’s motion as an abuse of court process.

According to Ozekhome, the court had ordered EFCC to conduct its investigation within 90 days of freezing the accounts in May, but that the commission failed to carry out the said investigation.

“The judge, Justice Binta, had given the EFCC 90 days within which to investigate and prosecute parties involved in the allegations but they never did that. So we asked the court to set aside the interim forfeiture order. The judge set aside the order granted on May 30,” Ozekhome said.

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