Former Nigerian first lady Patience Jonathan

Wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, has told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to dismiss an ex-parte application filed against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC’s application is seeking temporary forfeiture of her $8,435,788.84 and N7.35 billion.

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She is also praying the court for an order striking out the motion filed last December 13 on the ground that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear it.

Mrs Jonathan said the EFCC’s motion was “a gross abuse of court process” because the issues were already pending before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

However, hearing was stalled in the case, on Monday, due to Justice Olatoregun’s absence. The case was adjourned till Tuesday (today).

Through her lawyers, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Mrs Jonathan said the same application had earlier been filed by the EFCC before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the court’s Lagos division, upon which it had obtained an ex-parte order.

She said the same application was before Justice Nyako “over same parties to be affected by this same application.”