Nigeria’s former First Lady, Patience Jonathan has rejected the court ruling that forfeited her N12.2billion to the Federal Government on Tuesday.
Jonathan prayed the Court of Appeal in Lagos to set aside the judgment of Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
Jonathan, through her counsel Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said the judge erred in law by ordering the final forfeiture when she had no jurisdiction to do so.
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday had ordered the final forfeiture of the 8.4 million dollars and N7.4 billion found in accounts linked to a former First Lady, Patience Jonathan to the Federal Government.
The order was given by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, who held that the money is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
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The court granted an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that the money should be permanently forfeited to the government.
Patience Jonathan has insisted on challenging the ruling in the Court of Appeal.