TheGuardian,reported that former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, is claiming ownership of the $31.4m involved in an alleged fraud case before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
Counsel to the first defendant in charge, with case number FHC/337C/16, Gboyega Oduwole, informed the court that Mrs. Jonathan filed a fundamental application against the EFCC, claiming ownership of the money.
The EFCC had taken former presidential aide, Amajuoyi Azubike Briggs, former Skye Bank official, Damola Bolodeoku, Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd and Avalon Global Property Development Company Ltd to court in an alleged $31.4m fraud involving the companies without addresses. .
Others also charged include Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd, Avalon Global Property Development Company Ltd and Globus Integrated Services Ltd.
According to an application filed on September 6, this year, with file number FHC/L/C5/1233/16, Mrs. Jonathan is asking the court to make a declaration that the fund standing to the credit of four of the companies and an account in her own name in Skye Bank, belonged to her. .
She also asked the court to declare that the action of the respondents in placing a No Debit/Freezing Order on the said accounts without any order of a competent court of law or prior notice to her, to be in breach of her fundamental rights.