Crime

Abuja court unfreezes Patience Jonathan’s accounts

Due to the inability of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to conduct proper investigations into alleged infractions connected with 16 accounts belonging to former First Lady Patience Jonathan, which secured an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday set aside its order made on May 30, thereby unfreezing the 16 accounts.

Justice Binta Nyako, in her judgement, said the Court withdrew the order because EFCC, which secured the freezing order, could not provide evidence of investigations into reasons why the accounts should remain frozen.

The Court’s made the pronouncement following an application by Counsel to Mrs. Jonathan, Mike Ozekhome, asked the court to set aside the EFCC’s ex-parte motion for continued control of the accounts.

Ozekhome described EFCC’s motion as an abuse of court process.

The Counsel disclosed that the Court had ruled that the EFCC must conduct its investigation within 90 days of freezing the accounts in May, but that the Commission had failed to do so.

“The judge, Justice Binta, had given the EFCC 90 days within which to investigate and prosecute parties involved in the allegations but they never did that.

“So we asked the Court to set aside the interim forfeiture order. The judge set aside the order granted on May 30,” Ozekhome stated.

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