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Supreme Court affirms order of interim forfeiture of $8.4b linked to Patience Jonathan

The Supreme Court has affirmed an order of interim forfeiture made by the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court in respect of eight point four million dollars linked to the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan.

The five-man bench of the apex court led by Justice Dattijo Muhammad, in a unanimous judgment, dismissed Mrs. Jonathan’s appeal and directed her to return to the Federal High Court to show cause why the funds should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

The court also rejected her prayer to strike down the provisions of relevant section of the Advanced Fee Fraud Act and other Fraud related offences Act, which was relied on by the Federal High Court to issue the order of interim forfeiture.

Upholding the decision of the Court of Appeal in Lagos, which had affirmed the Federal High Court’s interim order, Justice Kumai Aka’ahs, in the lead judgment of the apex court held that he does not find any reason to interfere with the decision of the lower court.

The lead judgment was read on behalf of Justice Aka’ahs by Justice Ejembi Eko, also a member of the panel.

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