A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has fixed October 7 for hearing of an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), seeking an order for final forfeiture of the sum of $5.78 million and N2.4 billion linked to the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.
Justice Tijjani Garuba Ringim, the presiding judge fixed the date after hearing the submissions of counsel to the parties in the matter.
EFCC had applied for forfeiture sometime in 2017 before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, now retired.
The defendants in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/640/2017, were Dame Patience Jonathan and a firm, LA Wari Furniture and Bathes.
The monies were said to have been warehoused by Skye Bank Plc and Ecobank Plc respectively.
Justice Olatoregun on April 26, 2017, ordered the temporary forfeiture of the monies, sequel to an ex-parte application filed and moved by the EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo.
The judge’s order was affirmed by both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
However, midway to the conclusion of the hearing on the final forfeiture of the said sums, Justice Olatoregun retired from the Bench in 2019.