Mrs Jonathan's lawyer exonerates his client of any wrong-doing

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    The law case between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Dame Patience Jonathan is still on

    – The lawyer representing the former first lady says the money belongs to his client

    – He said no Nigerian government agency has come forward to claim ownership of the money

    The lawyer representing former Nigerian first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Mr Gbenga Oyewole told a Federal High Court yesterday, October 7, that the money his client is being harassed on by the EFCC was earned legitimately.
    Oyewole who also represents Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, a former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, also said no government agency had come forward to claim ownership of the $15.5 million.

    “Neither the Federal Government nor any of its agencies; neither any state nor its agencies have claimed the fund as their own or that it was stolen from them,” Premium Times quoted Mr Oyewole as saying.

    The money, which the EFCC had since frozen in four Skye Bank accounts, was opened in the name of four companies owned by the former first lady namely:

    1. Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited

    2. Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited

    3. Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and

    4. Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited.

    The companies were arraigned alongside Mr Dudafa; Amajuoyi Briggs, a former presidential aide; and Adedamola Bolodeoku, a former Skye Bank official for money laundering, stealing, forgery, and conspiracy before Justice Babs Kuewunmi of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.

    Messrs Dudafa, Briggs, and Bolodeoku had all pleaded not guilty before the judge.

    The EFCC had stumbled on the companies’ bank accounts in Skye Bank while investigating Dudafa.

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