A federal court in Lagos suspended until July 1, a judgment in a lawsuit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), looking at the final confiscation of the funds found in accounts linked to the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.
The commission is looking for the final seizure of around 8.4 million dollars and N7.4 billion found in these accounts.
The case previously set for June 27 (today) has now passed to July 1st.
The new date has been communicated to the respective parties.
The Commission for Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC, for its acronym in English) had obtained a provisional order for the seizure of sums on April 20, 2018, before judge Mojisola Olatoregun.
This follows an exparte movement.
He joined the respondents: Patience Jonathan, Globus Integrated Services Ltd, Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd., Pagmat Oil and Gas Ltd. and Magel Resort Ltd. and Esther Oba.
On October 29, 2018, the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, presented his motion for the final loss of sums, urging that it be finally handed over to the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, defense lawyers, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN, chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN and Mr. Ige Asemudara respectively, had moved their trials in contrast to the final confiscation of the movement.
On January 15, the court admitted the electronic evidence presented by the defendant’s lawyer, who showed videos showing various commercial teams from Finchley Top Homes Ltd. and Magel Resort Ltd.
The court had therefore postponed the trial.
But in a ruling issued on February 28, the court stated that the evidence of the sworn statement was contradictory, adding that it could only be resolved by oral evidence from the parties.
As a result, the court ordered the parties to call their witnesses to present an oral testimony.
The lawyer had called his witnesses to testify.
Those who testified included: an EFCC operative, Mr Orji Chukwuma, Esther Oba (seventh interviewee), Achonye Obinna testified for Am-Pm Global Network, while Emmanuel Okwu testified to Pagmat Oil and Gas.
The sentence was reserved for July 1, reports NAN.