The Supreme Court has upheld the order of temporary forfeiture made by a Federal High Court in Lagos in respect of the 8.4million dollars traced by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.
In a judgment on Friday, a five-man panel of the court unanimously held that the appeal filed by Mrs. Jonathan, challenging the interim forfeiture, was without merit.
The court ordered Mrs. Jonathan to go before the Federal High Court to justify her ownership of the money to prevent its permanent forfeiture to the Federal Government.
Efcc had told the court during the last hearing,that it got an intel that a bank account domiciled in the said commercial bank had a huge sum of money that was not being used by anybody.
Upon receipt of the intelligence, the EFCC swung
into action by conducting preliminary investigation, which revealed that
Patience and some relatives of her husband were directors of the Company.