👤 By Abdul Tukur
An attempt to seize some funds from accounts linked to Patience Jonathan, a former first lady has been denied by the Federal High Court in Lagos.
Patience Jonathan is said to have over $15 million spread across different accounts.
Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, a special aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan had previously argued that the money discovered in 15 different account, were given to Dame Jonathan as gifts.
He noted that to safeguard the money, the former first lady got in touch with a former EFCC boss, Ibrahim Lamorde.
He said as domestic aide to the first family, he was invited to a meeting with all those involved.
Mr Dudafa stated: “Consequently, I was then invited to a meeting between myself, the then chairman of the EFCC Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde and the plaintiff at the Presidential villa, where Mr Lamorde advised and recommended that personal and corporate accounts be opened for the purpose of safeguarding the plaintiff’s money to enable her foot her medical bills and other sundry personal needs whenever she travels abroad.
“Sequel to the advice given to the plaintiff by Ibrahim Lamorde, the plaintiff instructed me to coordinate the opening of the accounts for herself and her family members.”
Last October, the EFCC filed an ex parte application seeking to seize the funds in the accounts. But, it lost the bid to do so today.
Mojisola Olatoregun, the presiding judge, agreed with Dame Jonathan’s brief Mike Ozekhome, who said the matter had already been presented at two other courts and Mr Jonathan’s wife has done nothing wrong.
Justice Olatoregun, who adjourned the matter till April 30, ruled that the bank accounts in question were already involved in a litigation process before two other courts.
Today’s verdict is a devastating blow to President Muhammadu Buhari, who promised to kill corruption.
In 2015, the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress promised to fight graft, but with no conviction of any Politically Exposed Person and a “corrupt” man in charge of the EFCC, means no one believes the President.
Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, whose nomination as the fourth chairman of the EFCC was rejected in December 2016 and March 2017 remains a “liability to the fight against corruption,”as predicted by the secret police.
In May 2017, the perennial offender caused a situation that led to Nigeria’s suspension from being able to access an essential world financial server.
DENISAURUS News, was the first to publish the suspension from Egmont. Our reporters have written and published other exclusive report on Mr Magu illegal act.
One of which is his use of marabouts in order to remain in charge of the Commission.
That expose on the use of marabout was confirmed by the Director General of the Department of State Security Services in a meeting with members of the NASS Senate.