Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has claimed ownership of the $31.4 million frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Mrs. Jonathan, through her counsel, Mr. Gboyega Oduwole, claimed the ownership of the money in an application filed before the Federal High Court, Lagos, against the EFCC.
In the application filed on September 6, 2016, with file number FHC/L/C5/1233/16, the former First Lady asked the court to order the enforcement of her fundamental human rights.
She also prayed the court to declare that the placing of a freezing order on the said accounts without any order of a court or prior notice to her, is a breach of her fundamental rights as contained in the 1999 Nigeria’s constitution as amended.
The EFCC and a former presidential aide, Amajuoyi Azubike Briggs, former Skye Bank official, Damola Bolodeoku, Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited, were named as defendants in the case.
Other defendants include Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited and Globus Integrated Services Limited.
Mrs Jonathan also asked the court to declare the money, standing to the credit of four of the companies and an account in her own name in Skye Bank belonged to her.
Mrs. Jonathan has filed a fundamental application against the EFCC over the money, which was frozen over an alleged fraud case.