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Former Nigeria First Lady Patience Dame Jonathan/Photo: African Free Press

By Ogbolu George

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has withdrawn its application asking to stay the execution of a court order which unfroze the Skye Bank account containing $5.9m belonging to Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to the anti-graft agency, on Tuesday, appeared before the Federal High Court in Lagos, stating that the commission had changed its mind about appealing the unfreezing order.

Oyedepo told Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, the presiding judge, that the EFCC was withdrawing its application seeking to stay the execution of the order.

While responding, Ifedayo Adedipe, counsel to the former First Lady, confirmed being served with the commission application to withdraw its application for stay of proceedings.

He said following the anti-graft agency’s action, he would also withdraw the Form 48 and Form 49 he filed to cite Skye Bank for contempt of court for not allowing Patience access to her account.

Justice Olatoregun, after hearing both parties out, granted their request to withdraw their respective applications.

Olatoregun at the instance of the EFCC last year, had given an order for an interim freezing of multiple accounts linked with Patience.