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Court unfreezes ex-First Lady’s bank account

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has instructed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to unfreeze the bank account of former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

The account, which contains about $5million, was frozen by the EFCC in September 2016 over suspicions that the funds were laundered.
Mrs Jonathan subsequently filed a suit against EFCC asking the court to unfreeze the account.
She insisted that the funds were gifts from friends and associates and were legally acquired.
Also joined in the suit were Skye Bank Plc and a former Special Assistant to ex-President Jonathan, Waripama-Owei Dudafa.
Others include Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Globus Integrarted Service Ltd.
The ex-first lady also demanded the sum of $200 million from the commission as damages for infringing on her rights.

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