Former first lady, Patience Jonathan, has prayed the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to order the immediate release of the $5.8m and N2.4bn seized from her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Speaking throughher lawyer, Ifedayo Adedipe(SAN) she prayed the court to dismiss the request of the EFCC adding that the said money were gifts she got from people while in office.
“It is not the law that if the EFCC finds money in an account and it doesn’t like the owner’s face, it comes to court and says ‘forfeit it’,” Adedipe said
“The government is at liberty to apply for forfeiture but the offence must be stated.
“The first respondent is a wife to a former deputy governor, governor, Vice President, and President.
“Even the current occupier of the office of the First Lady wants to build a university. In this country, First ladies enjoy a lot of goodwill. She (Patience) stated that governors gave her money. Nobody wrote that she stole their money.”