Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal Excessive Court docket Lagos, on Tuesday, refused to restrain a brother choose from taking steps in relation to the frozen $15.5m allegedly belonging to Endurance Jonathan.
Idris declined an software by counsel for the previous first girl, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), who sought an order to restrain Justice Babs Kuewumi from taking additional steps on the frozen sum.
Adedipe had urged the court docket to cease Kuewumi from making any forfeiture orders, in respect of the stated sum, which was frozen by the EFCC, till the dedication of an interlocutory software on the topic.
It is going to be recalled that Jonathan had instituted a basic rights swimsuit in opposition to the EFCC, claiming the sum of $200m as damages for inconveniences suffered.
In her swimsuit, she had joined the EFCC, Skye Financial institution plc, and a former aide to ex president Goodluck Jonathan, Warampo Dudafa as respondents.
Additionally joined within the go well with are 4 corporations particularly: Pluto Property Ltd, Seagate Property Growth and Funding Firm Ltd, Transocean firm Ltd and Globus Built-in Service Ltd.
Will probably be recalled additionally that Dudafa was charged alongside the 4 corporations earlier than Justice Kuewumi, on 15 counts of cash laundering.
Representatives of the 4 firms, which the EFCC claimed have been utilized by Dudafa to launder the cash, had all pleaded responsible to the offences.
The $15.5m is identical sum which the previous first girl claimed belongs to her as sole signatory to the accounts of the businesses.
When the case was known as on Tuesday, Justice Idris acknowledged a letter from counsel representing Skye Financial institution, Mr. Lanre Ogunlesi, stating that he was indisposed and couldn’t attend the courtroom.
The choose added that since Ogunlesi has requested for a brand new date to allow him seem in court docket, the listening to of the applying on discover can’t proceed.
In the meantime, earlier than the court docket may adjourned the case, Adedipe urged the choose to direct the EFCC to not tamper with the subject material of the case pending the listening to of the interlocutory software.
In response, Counsel for the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the court docket to dismiss the appliance on the grounds that the accounts which housed the cash had been frozen.
He urged the courtroom to dismiss the applying with a “wave of hand”; including that there was already an order of courtroom convicting 4 defendants for warehousing proceeds of crime.
In a brief ruling, Justice Idris held that he couldn’t go into the deserves or demerits of the interlocutory software, till it’s moved.
He ordered accelerated listening to of the case and mentioned that he couldn’t make any order that can be prejudicial to the result of the primary go well with.
He consequently, adjourned the case to December 7 for listening to of the primary software.
In her go well with, Jonathan is urging the courtroom to subject an order discharging the freezing order, and restraining the EFCC and it’s agent from additional inserting a freezing order on the stated accounts.
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