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Former First
Lady Dame Patience Jonathan Wednesday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos for
time to respond to “weighty” allegations against her by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice
Mojisola Olatoregun, on April 26, 2017, ordered the temporary forfeiture of
$5.7million and N2, 421,953,522.78 allegedly belonging to Mrs. Jonathan.

The
judge made the order based on an ex-parte application by the EFCC.

The
commission said the N2.4billion was found in an Ecobank Nigeria Ltd account
numbered 2022000760 in the name of La Wari Furniture and Baths Ltd.

Following
the temporary forfeiture, Mrs. Jonathan, through her lawyers Chief Ifedayo
Adedipe (SAN) and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), appealed.

The
Court of Appeal, last January 12, upheld the temporary forfeiture.
Dissatisfied, Mrs. Jonathan appealed to the Supreme Court.

The
Supreme Court, on March 15, affirmed the Court of Appeal judgment. It directed
the appellant to return  before Justice
Olatoregun to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to
the Federal Government.

The
Supreme Court also rejected her prayer to strike down the provisions of Section
17 of the Advance Fee Fraud Act, which EFCC relied on in securing the
forfeiture.

  EFCC’s lawyer Rotimi Oyedepo said he received
two affidavits from Ozekhome on April 29. One of them, he said, is a
counter-affidavit to the motion on notice for final forfeiture; the other is a
further affidavit. He said EFCC filed and served its reply to the SAN’s motions
on Tuesday.

Responding,
Ozekhome said: “We got their affidavit at 5.5pm on Tuesday. A plethora of
exhibits were attached. Their affidavit is replete with new facts. 

Granting the adjournment, Justice Olatoregun said
there must be an end to litigation.. Justice Olatoregun adjourned until May 24.

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