The Appeal Court, Lagos Division, has fixed hearing of an appeal filed by a former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, against the temporary forfeiture of $5.8 million to November 3. Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court, Lagos, had on April 26, 2017 in a ruling on an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), made the order. The judge had also ordered the temporary forfeiture of N2,421,953,522.78 found in an Ecobank Nigeria Ltd account No. 2022000760 in the name of La Wari Furniture and Baths Limited, which the commission said is linked to the former First Lady.
But dissatisfied with the ruling, Patience Jonathan, through her counsel, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), approached the Court of Appeal to challenge the ruling and also asked that the order be vacated. The suit, which was initially assigned to three justices: John Ikyeh, Abimbola Obaseki-Adejumo and Abraham Georgewill, last July 5, could not hold at the last sitting on July 12 following the withdrawal of Justice Abraham Georgewill from the panel. As a result of this, Justice Ikyeh, who presided over the appeal, at the last adjourned date had noted: “Three judges were required to form a quorum before an appeal could be heard.”