Protests Rocks Federal High Court Over Patience Jonathan EFCC’s Trial

By Ikenga Chronicles October 27, 2016

Protests Rocks Federal High Court Over Patience Jonathan EFCC’s Trial

Unable to withstand the over 100 Protesters mainly Ijaw women who stormed the Federal High Court, Lagos on Wednesday, Justice Babs Kuewumi had to tactically abandoned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, case against Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan as way of adjournment

In the suit, Mrs. Jonathan is seeking to unfreeze her accounts.

The women stormed the court premises, chanting songs of protest, calling for the former first lady’s accounts to be unfrozen.

The Ijaw women, who were dressed in traditional attires, stormed the court chanting songs in Ijaw and English languages with several placards with numerous inscriptions.

Some of the inscriptions read: “Ijaw people are in solidarity with Jonathan”, “Unfreeze ex-president Jonathan’s wife’s account”, “We urge EFCC to abide by the rule of law”, and “Women must be heard.”

Some of the women expressed loudly their concern over the enforcement of women’s rights as well as those of the ex-first lady.

Immediately after the court rose, they trooped to a vehicle provided by Mrs. Jonathan’s team, chanting songs of solidarity and boldly displaying their placards.

The former first lady is demanding the sum of $200 million from the commission as damages for infringing on her rights.

When the case was called Rotimi Oyedepo announced his appearance for the

EFCC, while Mr. Granville Abibo (SAN) announced his appearance for Mrs. Jonathan.

Addressing the court, Oyedepo informed the judge that the matter was coming up for the first time, adding that some of the respondents were yet to be served with the court’s processes.

He submitted that the matter was not yet “ripe for hearing”, having been served with the processes on October 19 and was yet to file a response.

Consequently, Justice Kuewumi fixed December 7 for hearing of the case.

According to him, Mrs. Jonathan subsequently discovered that apart from one of the accounts that bore her name, the other four accounts were opened in the name of four companies which companies were belonging to Dudafa.

she also observed that the ATM cards of the said accounts were issued in the names of the companies, adding that she complained to Dudafa who promised to effect the necessary changes.

She said Dipo Oshodi also promised to effect the necessary changes.

According to the deponent, the Skye Bank official (Oshodi) did not effect the instructions of the plaintiff to change the names of the said accounts to her name, in spite of repeated requests.

She averred that notwithstanding the refusal of the bank to effect the necessary changes, she had been using the said ATM cards without any interference.

The deponent averred that sometime in July, Mrs. Jonathan discovered that the ATM cards were not functioning, and immediately contacted the bank, which informed her that a “no debit/freezing order” had been placed on the
accounts.

Mrs. Jonathan therefore contended that she was never arrested or invited by EFCC prior to the freezing order placed on the accounts.

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