The Court of Appeal in Lagos has fixed November Third, 2017 to hear the appeal filed by former Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, seeking to stop the permanent forfeiture of five point seven million dollars to the Federal Government.
The appeal arose from an order obtained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on April 26, from a Federal High Court in Lagos, temporarily forfeiting the funds to the government.
The EFCC had told Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, who gave the order, that the funds were suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.
The judge had also ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sum of over two billion naira found in an Ecobank Nigeria Ltd account numbered 2022000760 in the name of “La Wari Furniture and Baths Limited”, which the EFCC said was linked to the former first lady.
Justice John Ikyeh, who presided over the appeal alongside Justices Abimbola Obaseki-Adejumo and Abrahim Georgewill, had noted that three judges were required to form a quorum but did not say which of the justices was withdrawing.