Former first lady of Nigeria Mrs. Patience Jonathan, has appealed to a Federal High Court in Abuja, to unfreeze her bank accounts.
She made the appeal on Thursday, asking the court to set aside the order made on May 30,2017 freezing her 16 separate bank accounts with the cumulative sums of $5.8m and N3.5bn.
Mama Peace as she is fondly called informed the court that the previous court’s orders of interim forfeiture including a subsequent one issued on October 10, 2017 have all expired.
She also alleged that the court orders were originally obtained by an improper use of court process by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Speaking through her lawyer Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), She claimed in an affidavit filed in support of the application,that the sums of money belonged to herself, her Ariwabai Aruera Reachout Foundation, and nine other companies.
Responding to the submissions, the EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Richard Dauda, told the presiding judge that his application seeking an order extending the forfeiture order should be heard first.
Ozekhome however, maintained that her client’s motion should take precedence over the EFCC’s because hers was challenging the order allegedly obtained in error.
Justice Nyako however adjourned the matter until November 23 next week for hearing.