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Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

By Oladapo Okeowo

A Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, has adjourned the trial of suspects in the $15.5m allegedly belonging to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan till April 3.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned the defendants for a 17-count charge that includes money laundering and fraud.

The charged entities in the fraud allegations are: former Skye Bank employee, Dr Waripamo Emmanuel Dudafa; Adedamola Bolodeoku; Amajuoyi Briggs; Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited; and Avalon Global Property Development Limited.

The companies had, during the case hearing on November 13, 2016, pleaded guilty to the charges laid against them.

The EFCC, through its counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, tendered further evidence said to have been procured from a Deputy Manager in Skye Bank, Uche Obiakor, who had earlier given evidence on how the defendants opened accounts with the bank.