The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has filed an application before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, seeking the forfeiture of properties at plot No. 1758, Cadastral Zone, B06 Mabushi and plot No.1350, Cadastral Zone, A00 Central Business District, Abuja, belonging to former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan.
Yesterday, efforts made by the EFCC counsel, Slyvanus Tahir, to move the ex parte application proved abortive as Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), on behalf of Mrs Jonathan, vehemently resisted.
Ozekhome had insisted he filed an application challenging jurisdiction of court to hear the ex parte motion filed by the EFCC.
After the heated arguments between Ozekhome and Tahir, the court, instead decided to adjourn to November 11, to hear both applications.
Justice Dimgba noted that exparte applications are heard without the other party in court.
The court stated that there was no counter affidavit challenging the motion on jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, the EFCC’s application is for leave to issue an interim attachment/forfeiture orders against the assets/property of the named person in the schedule herein and properties known as plot No. 1758, Cadastral Zone, B06 Mabushi and plot No.1350, Cadastral Zone, A00 Central Business District, Abuja.
The application was dated September 20, and filed for EFCC by Benjamin Manji.
The ex parte originating summons was brought pursuant to Section 6(d), 7(2), 24(a), 26(1), 28 and 29 of the EFCC (Establish) Act 2004; Section 330(a) of Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015; Section 15 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended); Section 44(2)(k) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
The two properties in question are Ariwaba Aruera Reachout Foundation and Ariwaba Aruera Reachout Foundation.
By the application, the complainant/applicant is praying for “an order of interim attachment/forfeiture of the assets and property set out in the schedule attached herein.
“An order stopping any disposal, conveyance, mortgage, lease, sale or alienation or otherwise of the property/asset described in the attached herein.
“An order authorising the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to appoint competent person(s)/firm to manage the asset/property listed in the schedule herein, temporarily forfeited to the federal government pending the conclusion of investigation.