A Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos on Tuesday rejected an software by the spouse of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Endurance, searching for to bar the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee from tampering with a sum of $15.591 frozen in 4 Skye Financial institution accounts.
The EFCC positioned a ‘No Debit Order’ on the 4 financial institution accounts in July whereas probing Jonathan’s former Particular Assistant on Home Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, for cash laundering.
However Persistence, who had laid declare to the cash, filed a elementary rights enforcement motion in opposition to the EFCC, Skye Financial institution, Dudafa and the 4 corporations in whose names the accounts have been opened.
She is urging the court docket to order the EFCC to take away the ‘No Debit Order’ on the accounts and to launch the $15.5m to her.
On the Tuesday’s proceedings within the case earlier than Justice Mohammed Idris, Persistence’s lawyer, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), made an oral utility, urging the decide to restrain the EFCC from tampering with the cash pending the ultimate willpower of the case.
However the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, opposed him, arguing that the 4 corporations who owned the 4 financial institution accounts had been convicted of cash laundering by Justice Babs Kuewumi of the identical courtroom.
“We pray the court docket to dismiss the applying with a wave of hand. There’s an order of the court docket that has convicted the fourth to seventh defendants for warehousing the proceeds of crime,” Oyedepo stated.
He argued that the case earlier than Justice Kuewumi could be prejudiced ought to Justice Idris restrain the EFCC from tampering with the cash.
Oyedepo additionally contended that Persistence didn’t have the locus standi to make such an software, and expressed doubt as to the validity of the addresses of the fourth to seventh defendants the place Endurance claimed to have served the originating summons.
Dudafa’s lawyer, Mr. Gboyega Oyewole, nevertheless, mentioned the courtroom bailiff had already deposed to an affidavit that the fourth to seventh defendants had been served.
In a brief ruling, Justice Idris stated he would slightly grant an accelerated listening to of the case, than make any order that will prejudice the result of the principle case.
He adjourned until December 7, 2016 for the listening to of the primary case.
Earlier within the proceedings, Justice Idris acknowledged a letter from Skye Financial institution’s lawyer, Lanre Ogunlesi, stating that he was indisposed and wouldn’t be capable of come to courtroom on Tuesday.
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