No Nigerian Has Claimed That I Stole Their Money – Patience Jonathan
Former First lady, Patience Jonathan, has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos state to order the EFCC to release her seized $5.7m and N2.4bn as no Nigerian has come out to say she stole their money. The former First said this during the resumed hearing of the case filed against her by the EFCC yesterday Friday, May 24th.
Her lawyer, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), urged Justice Mojisola Olatoregun to dismiss the application by the EFCC, praying that the money be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
He said it was part of gifts from friends, adding that nobody complained that their money was stolen.
Her counsel argued that section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud, which EFCC relied upon to seize Patience Jonathan’s funds, was only applicable to fraudsters.
“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.”