A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday fixed Dec. 7 to hear the lawsuit filed by Mrs Patience Jonathan, against the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), seeking to unfreeze her account.
The ex-first lady of Nigeria is demanding $200m from the EFCC as damages for infringing on her rights. Other respondents in the lawsuit are Skye Bank and a former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripama-Owei Dudafa. Also joined in the suit are Pluto Property and Investment company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Globus Integrarted Service Ltd.
She is also asking the court to issue an order to unfreeze her accounts and restrain the EFCC and its agents from further placing a freezing order on the said accounts.
When the case was called on Wednesday, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, who was the counsel for the EFCC told the judge that the case was coming up for the first time and that some of the respondents had not yet been served with the court’s processes. He added that the case was not yet “ripe for hearing” and asked for more time.
Counsel for Mrs Jonathan, Mr. Granville Abibo (SAN) didn’t contest his opinions. So the case was fixed for a December 7 hearing by Judge Babs Kuewumi.