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Court orders inquiry into demolition of Patience Jonathan’s property by Noblex: 3:04 am On Jan 23

Court orders inquiry into demolition of Patience Jonathan’s property


The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered an inquiry into the alleged demolition of a property in Abuja linked to the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience. The Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration reportedly demolished the property last week Tuesday. But the property is said to be a subject of forfeiture proceedings initiated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba on Monday adjourned the proceedings to enable parties to the suit to report to the court on the alleged demolition. The judge requested a report on the issue following the complaint by Patience’s counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who said a property owned by a non-governmental organisation, A. Aruera Reachout Foundation/Women for Change and Development Initiative, the ex-First Lady’s pet project, had been demolished by an agency of the government.

But Justice Dimgba said the court could not act without first ascertaining whether or not the property in question had been destroyed. “I will adjourn for the claim that the property has been demolished to be ascertained to enable the court to know what proper steps should be taken,” Justice Dimgba said.

The EFCC had filed an ex parte application before the court for the temporary forfeiture of the same property .
Ozekhome , acting for the Registered Trustees of Aruera Foundation, had filed an objection to the motion .
Earlier during the Monday ’ s proceedings , Ozekhome had told the court that the property which the EFCC was seeking its forfeiture to the government had been demolished by an agency of the government .

He did not mention which particular government agency was responsible for the demolition but expressed concern that the government had resorted to self -help instead of allowing the court to resolve issues before the court .
He flaunted some envelopes , which he said , contained video recordings and pictures of the demolition.

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