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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Court to rule on Patience Jonathan’s seized $15.5m October 7th

Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court in Lagos will on October 7th deliver judgement on the case of the seized $15.5 million found in four company accounts that have been linked to former First lady Patience Jonathan.

The Nation reports that at the resumed hearing of the case yesterday September 27th, counsel to former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo Dudafa, who is also a defendant in the case,  urged the Federal High Court to nullify the guilty plea by four companies that have been linked to the case. The four companies in whose accounts the seized $15 million was found in, had on September 15th pleaded guilty to laundering the said amount when they were arraigned. 

The companies namely Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Friday Davis), Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Agbor Baro), Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Dioghowori Frederick) and Avalon Global Property Development Ltd (represented by Taiwo Ebenezer) pleaded guilty to laundering the monies that have Mrs Jonathan had come out to claim ownership of. The companies, along with a lawyer Amajuoyi Briggs and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku, were arraigned before Justice Babs Kuewumi.

Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku, however, pleaded not guilty to a 17-count charge brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Yesterday, Dudafa and Briggs, through their lawyers, urged the court to set aside the guilty plea entered on the firm’ behalf by their representatives. They urged the court to replace the guilty plea with a “not-guilty” plea for the companies. They also contended that the court lacked jurisdiction to accept the companies’ guilty plea. Dudafa and his co-accused argued that those who pleaded guilty for the companies did not exhibit any letter authorising them to do so by the firms’ board. They argued that the prosecution failed to comply with Section 477(3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 which specifies that such a representative must have authorisation. According to Dudafa’s lawyer, Gbenga Oyewole, the four representatives had earlier made statements to both the EFCC and the court denying any connection with the companies and alleging that their names and signatures were forged. He argued that Mrs Jonathan had sued EFCC claiming ownership of the funds in the companies’ accounts, adding that neither the Federal Government not any state had stated that the funds were stolen from them. According to him, the same representatives had earlier denied any link to the companies when they were first charged before Justice Abdulazeez Anka, who sat during the vacation. He said Justice Anka replaced their guilty plea with “not guilty” after their denial.
“The purported representatives did not produce a statement of appointment by the companies,” Oyewole argued.
Objecting to his argument, counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, said there was evidence at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) that Davies, Baro, Fredrick and Ebenezer were the companies’ directors. Oyedepo said the four also had the mandate to operate the Skye Bank accounts where the $15.5million is. He added that the companies representatives were of sound mind and made a deliberate decision to plead guilty.
“The prima facie evidence before Your Lordship is that those who appeared before Your Lordship are the directors of the fourth to seventh defendants (the companies).
EFCC said the accused persons conspired on November 13, 2013 in Lagos to launder $15,591,700. It said the defendants “reasonably ought to have known that the funds form part of the proceeds of an unlawful act”.
Seagate Property, Dudafa, Bolodeoku and Sompre Omiebi (said to be at large) were accused of indirectly retaining $1,094,500 through a Skye Bank Plc account (2110002207) between November 14 and 19, 2013. EFCC said the money “forms part of an unlawful act to wit: stealing.”
They were also accused of indirectly retaining $1,200,000 through the Skye Bank account between January 21 and December 19, 2014; as well as $1,349,700 through the same account between March 31 and May 20, 2015, among others.

23 comments:

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

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Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

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Odibe Blessing said...

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Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Ok

Uju Phil said...

Okies...

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

Ok we re waiting...is it that she doesn't hv d capacity of owning such amount or they are traces of the money gotten illegally. Just curious.
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ed DREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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If they could jail a man that stole slippers for two yrs then this one should be given worse.....
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freeborn bamislam suani ahmad bamislam said...

Terrorist buhari court huh?
Court rule my ass give her,her money.
TERRORIST BUHARI HM U THINK THAT U ARE WISER HUH? Mr man freeborn wept for u.
because she is not hausa first lady huh?
IS EITHER THEY TAKE Niger deltas CONDITION OR NIGERIA WILL GO FROM RECESSION TO DEPRESSION.


















#sad indeed

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad bamislam said...

Terrorist buhari court huh?
Court rule my ass give her,her money.
TERRORIST BUHARI HM U THINK THAT U ARE WISER HUH? Mr man freeborn wept for u.
because she is not hausa first lady huh?
IS EITHER THEY TAKE Niger deltas CONDITION OR NIGERIA WILL GO FROM RECESSION TO DEPRESSION.


















#sad indeed

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OSINANL said...

THE CASE IS DEAD ON ARRIVAL

vinna saviour said...

Good to know

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

For whatever reason, i know she'd get away with this. We've seen this numerous times before

Juliet Iwuno said...

Issorite! Linda take note!

Iphie Abraham said...

Waiting to see how it goes






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Blessing said...

Please am begging all of my helpers, I know this is shameful asking but this has gone beyond me. Am having it difficult completing my hospital bills, I just had my baby through cessara session and the money myself and my husband budgeted towards it was not what we were asked to pay. My husband is just a private driver managing to make ends meet. Please who ever can bless us with 50k it will go a long way in adding to what we have deposited before so I can be discharged and whoever feel can come to the hospital to clarify.blessingbless81@gmail.com

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ike manuel said...

Okay then. We dey wait

Na me talk am!

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Anonymous said...

Omotosho:
OFFICE OF THE NIGERIAN PRESIDENT IS TOO EXPENSIVE"---Buhari.

Hear him speak in London as the APC Presidential Candidate in 2015.

"One of the major killers of our economy, apart from corruption, is waste,” Buhari said. “Let me give an instance: Presently, there are more than 6 aircraft in the presidential fleet. What do you call that? Billions of naira is budgeted every year for the maintenance of these aircraft, not to talk of operational costs and other expenses. “You may want to ask what a Nigerian President is doing with so many aircraft when the Prime Minister of Britain flies around using the same public aircraft like an ordinary Briton. Go and check and compare with that of any developed country in the world: the office of the Nigerian President is a very expensive one in spite of our high level of poverty, lack, and joblessness. Despite all this, you still find a Nigerian minister spending about N10 billion to charter an aircraft for just one year. “Now, for me, when we come into office, all this waste will be blocked and properly channelled into our economy. We intend, for instance, to bring back our national carrier, the Nigerian Airways. We shall do this by bringing all the aircraft in the presidential fleet into the Nigerian Airways and within a year increase the fleet to about 20. “What is the difference between me and those who elected us to represent them? Absolutely nothing! Why should Nigerian president not fly with other Nigerian public? Why do I need to embark on a foreign trip as a president with a huge crowd with public fund? Why do I need to go for foreign medical trip if we cannot make our hospital functional? Why do we need to send our children to school abroad if we cannot develop our universities to compete with the foreign ones? This is not my struggle. It is our collective efforts to save Nigeria from those who have failed us for 16 years."

- Muhammadu Buhari, APC Presidential Candidate, February, 2015, London, United Kingdom

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