Wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience Jonathan, on Thursday temporarily blocked the Federal High Court in Abuja from hearing an ex parte application filed by the EFCC, seeking an order of interim forfeiture of two properties traced to her in Abuja.
Usually, such ex parte applications are heard without the knowledge or participation of the other parties whose properties are at stake. But somehow, Patience’s legal team led by Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) got wind of the fact that EFCC’s ex parte motion was to be heard by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba today.
The legal team quickly filed a motion challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the ex parte motion and also attended court on Thursday to block the hearing.
Justice Dimgba was set to hear the EFCC’s motion on Thursday but had to adjourn until November 11 after Adedipe and Mike Ozekhome (SAN), appearing for Mrs. Jonathan, argued that the ex parte could not be heard as their client had filed papers challenging the court’s jurisdiction to entertain it.
According to Punch, EFCC was represented by Best Ojukwu and also later by Tahir Sylvanus.
After the back-and-forth arguments between the EFCC’s and Mrs. Jonathan’s legal team, the court fixed November 11 for the hearing of the applications.