Former Nigerian first lady, Patience Jonathan, will get the chance to present her case for the unfreezing of her accounts on November , 2017, following an adjournment on Thursday by the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Idris of the Lagos Federal High Court.
Earlier in May, the judge had held that there were discrepancies in the affidavits of the defendants which can only be resolved by oral testimony.
The former first lady’s accounts were freezed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following allegations of misappropriation of over $15 million leveled against her and some other defendants.
The Judge had disapproved of the commencement of the action by Originating Summons because there were contentious facts which need to be resolved. Consequently, Justice Idris ordered a regularisation of the process by asking the parties to file their pleadings.
The EFCC’s case for rejecting the application to unfreeze the accounts is that the money contained therein are suspected to be “proceeds of crime.” Thus, unfreezing them would hinder the course of justice.