The Supreme Court docket has dismissed an utility filed by Endurance Jonathan, spouse of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, looking for to upturn the interim forfeiture order by a Federal Excessive Court docket, Lagos positioned on the sum of N2.four billion linked to her.
The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, had traced the stated sum to her and alleged that it was a proceed of unlawful actions. The N2.four billion, in response to the EFCC was surreptitiously saved within the checking account of La Wari Furnishings and Baths Restricted, domiciled with Eco Financial institution Plc.
Justice Mojisola Olaterogun had in 2017 ordered the interim forfeiture of the cash and held that anybody serious about it ought to seem earlier than the court docket to point out trigger why it shouldn’t be lastly forfeited to the federal authorities.
Dissatisfied with the ruling, Endurance had approached the Court docket of Enchantment, Lagos Division, looking for to upturn the ruling of the decrease court docket.
Nevertheless, ruling on the attraction on January 12, 2018, the appellate court docket, in a lead judgement learn by Justice Mojeed Owoade, slightly upheld the interim forfeiture order.
Not glad with the ruling of the appellate court docket, Endurance, by way of her counsel, Mike Ozekhome, once more filed an attraction difficult the ruling earlier than the Supreme Court docket.
Nevertheless, the five-member panel of Supreme Court docket justices have now once more in a unanimous ruling, delivered on Friday, March 15, 2019, upheld the interim forfeiture order of the N2.four billion.
It will likely be recalled five-member panel of Supreme Court docket justices, had on Friday, March eight, 2019, in a unanimous judgement, additionally dismissed Mrs Jonathan’s attraction in opposition to the interim forfeiture order of a Federal Excessive Court docket, Lagos, for one more $eight.four million traced to her by the EFCC and believed to be proceeds of unlawful actions.