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Patience Jonathan: Former First Lady gets access to frozen 16 bank accounts

Patience Jonathan, wife of former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Mrs Jonathan's accounts were unfrozen after an Abuja federal high court presided by Justice Binta Nyako ruled in her favour on the account.

Former first lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan  has regained access to her 16 bank accounts that were frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mrs Jonathan's accounts were unfrozen after an Abuja federal high court presided by Justice Binta Nyako ruled in her favour on the account of a suit filed by the anti-graft agency.

Justice Nyako gave the order on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, six months after the accounts were frozen on May 30, 2017.

Before now, the anti-graft agency was given 90 days to carry out its investigation on the said accounts but following the interim forfeiture of the accounts, Jonathan's counsel, Mike Ozekhome, filed an application for the accounts to be unfrozen stating that the 90days period had lapsed.

 

EFCC lawyer, Richard Dauda, had in reaction to the application, prayed the court for an extension of the forfeiture order against funds in the 16 bank accounts.

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Nyako, having heard both applications, ruled that the forfeiture order could not be extended and asked for the accounts to be unfrozen in favour of Ozekhome.

Patience Jonathan's controversial bank accounts

Here is a list of the banks accommodating the 16 bank accounts currently been battled for by the ex-First Lady in court.

Skye Bank Plc – Five accounts

Diamond Bank Plc – Seven accounts

Union Bank Plc – one account

First Bank Plc – one account

Ecobank – one account

Zenith Bank Plc – one account.

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