Former first lady, Patience Jonathan’s suit against the EFCC seeking to unfreeze her account, has been fixed for February 13.
A Federal High Court, Lagos, fixed the date, Wednesday, after Mrs Jonathan’s lawyers, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), sought for an adjournment to enable him serve his client’s amended claims on the companies.
Also joined in the suit are; 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 is demanding the sum of $200m from the commission as damages for infringing on her rights.
She also prayed the court to issue an order discharging the freezing order, as well as restrain the EFCC and its agents from further placing a freezing order on the said accounts.
He added that other defendants had been served with copies of the processes, while they have also served their counter-affidavits on the plaintiff.
In the absence of any objection from the EFCC’s counsel, the matter was eventually adjourned to Feb. 13 for further hearing.
In an affidavit in support of Jonathan’s suit and deposed to by one Sammie Somiari, he avers that on March 22, 2010, she (Jonathan) had opened five different accounts with Skye Bank, with the aid of one Damola Bolodeoku and Dipo Oshodi.
He averred that the account mandate forms were duly completed and signed by her.
Somiari stated that Jonathan subsequently discovered that apart from one of the accounts that bore her name, the other four accounts were opened in the name of four companies which belonged to Dudafa.
He also averred that she observed that the ATM cards of the said accounts were issued in the names of the companies, adding that she complained to Dudafa, who promised to effect the necessary changes.
He said Dipo Oshodi also promised to effect the necessary changes.
According to Somiari, Jonathan is not a director, shareholder or participant in these companies and the funds in the said accounts are solely owned and operated by her.
“Dudafa does not own any part of the funds in the said accounts’’, he said