Court freezes N350 mil­lion linked to Pa­tience Jonathan

Dis­misses Dudafa’s ap­pli­ca­tion for med­i­cal care abroad

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - By Joseph Onyek­were

AFEDERAL High Court, La­gos, has granted an or­der tem­po­rar­ily freez­ing N350 mil­lion be­long­ing to AM-PM Global Net­work Lim­ited, al­leged to have been se­cretly hid­den in an ac­count with Stan­bic-ibtc Bank by for­mer First Lady, Pa­tience Jonathan.

Jus­tice Hadiza Rabi­uSha­gari or­dered the tem­po­rary freez­ing of the ac­count fol­low­ing an ex-parte ap­pli­ca­tion filed by the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) and ar­gued by its coun­sel, Mr. Ro­timi Oyedepo.

In a nine-para­graph af­fi­davit at­tached to the ex­parte ap­pli­ca­tion and sworn to by an op­er­a­tive of the EFCC, Mr. Mus­bau Ya­haya, the com­mis­sion said it some­times ago re­ceived a damn­ing in­tel­li­gence re­port con­cern­ing the funds.

It fur­ther averred that upon in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it was found out that the bank was in pos­ses­sion of pro­ceeds of un­law­ful act and re­tained same in the ac­count sought to be at­tached.

The com­mis­sion stated that be­tween June 20, 2012 and Novem­ber 15, 2013, the re­spon­dent (AM-PM Global Net­work Lim­ited), fraud­u­lently re­ceived N1,206, 950 bil­lion into its Di­a­mond Bank ac­count num­ber 0026718889, be­ing pro- ceeds of un­law­ful en­rich­ment de­rived by Pa­tience Jonathan, who was then ap­pointed Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary by the Bayelsa State Gov­ern­ment.

Ya­haya also swore that in a bid to dis­si­pate the fund, the re­spon­dent opened ac­count num­ber 0016971559 with Stan­bicIBTC Bank at Wal­ter Car­ring­ton Cres­cent, Victoria Is­land branch. He also averred that out of N1,206,950 bil­lion, AM-PM Global Net­work Lim­ited trans­ferred N350 mil­lion from its Di­a­mond Bank’s ac­count to the ac­count sought to be at­tached in Stan­bic IBTC in a des­per­ate bid to dis­si­pate the funds.

Jus­tice Rabiu-sha­gari af­ter lis­ten­ing to the sub­mis­sions made by the EFCC coun­sel, or­dered the Man­ager of Stan­bic-ibtc Bank, Wal­ter Car­ring­ton Cres­cent branch, to in the in­terim freeze the N350 mil­lion be­long­ing to AM-PM Global Net­work Lim­ited kept in the bank.

Also, Jus­tice Mo­hammed Idris of the Fed­eral High Court, La­gos, has de­clined the ap­pli­ca­tion filed by Mr. Wari­pamo-owei Dudafa, aide to for­mer Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan, to travel abroad for med­i­cal care.

Dudafa, through his coun­sel, Mr. Gboyega Oye­wole (SAN), had urged the court to or­der the re­lease of his in­ter­na­tional pass­port to en­able him travel abroad for med­i­cal care.

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