Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to commit the Chief Executive Officers of three major banks – First Bank, Skye Bank along with Diamond Bank – to prison for their persistent refusal to obey the court order of which lifted the embargo placed on accounts linked to her.
Already, forms 48 along with 49 which are legal process of initiating the imprisonment for flouting court order have been served on Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, the Group Managing Director along with Chief Executive Officer of First Bank; Tokunbo Abiru, CEO Skye Bank, along with Uzoma Dozie, MD/CEO, Diamond Bank.
In a motion on notice brought pursuant to order 3 rule 1 of the Federal High Court, Jonathan, through her counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), is actually praying the court to commit the three bank chiefs to prison for deliberately refusing to comply with court order of which embargo placed on the 16 bank accounts be lifted since December last year.
The ex-first lady is actually also seeking an order of the court striking out a purported ‘ex parte originating summon’ filed by the Economic along with Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), praying for forfeiture of all funds inside various bank accounts inside three banks to the federal government.
In a 20 paragraph affidavit in support of the motion, This specific was averred of which the EFCC had on May 30, 2017, obtained an exparte order granted by Justice Binta Nyako, freezing all bank accounts traced to Mrs. Jonathan, her families along with business interest.
The order made in respect of FHC/ABJ/CS/821/2016 was however to last for 0 days when the anti-graft agency was likely to have completed all investigations in respect of the bank accounts.
The affidavit deposed to by one Chinedu Maduba, a legal practitioner inside law firm of G.I. Abibo (SAN) indicated of which the order placed on the bank accounts through the EFCC exparte motion was vacated in December 5, 2017, when the 0 day life span of the exparte order expired along with vacated by the same Justice Nyako.
The affidavit indicated of which the embargo order on the bank accounts was not renewed or extended by the court in favour of EFCC.
Mrs. Jonathan along with additional applicants inside motion on notice claimed of which all efforts to make transaction inside three banks in compliance with the December 5, 2017, order of the court de-freezing the accounts were resisted by the chief executive officers of the three banks.
The affidavit further indicated of which upon enquiry on why transactions were not allowed inside bank accounts in compliance with court order, Mrs. Jonathan along with additional applicants were said to have been told of which EFCC had filed exparte originating summon praying for the forfeiture of all monies inside accounts.
Meanwhile, Justice Nyako has fixed April 11 to enable EFCC respond to issues raised inside motion as well as appear in court.
Apart through Mrs. Jonathan, additional applicants seeking to jail the three bank CEOs are Incorporated Trustees of Ariwabai Aruera Reachout Foundation, Pagmat Oil along with Gas Limited, Finchley Top Homes Limited, AM PM Global Network Limited, Magel Resort Limited along with Incorporated Trustees of Women for Change along with Development Initiative Nigeria.
Others are Transocean Property along with Investment Limited, Seagate Property Development Investment Company, Globus Integrated Services along with Pluto Property along with Investment Company.