Barely 24 hours after the court gave Mrs. Patience Jonathan, wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, unfettered access to the frozen Skye Bank account, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has secured a fresh court order to freeze the account with a balance of $5.9m.
The order was granted on Wednesday by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
The EFCC had earlier placed a “No Debit Order” on the account late last year pursuant to an interim order by Justice Olatoregun.
But Patience, through her lawyer, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), challenged the action and succeeded in getting the court to vacate the freezing order on April 6, 2017.
The EFCC immediately appealed, filing an application seeking a stay of execution of the freezing order pending the outcome of the appeal.
But the case took a dramatic twist on Tuesday as counsel for the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, appeared before Justice Olatoregun, saying the commission had changed its mind about challenging the freezing order and applied to withdraw the application to stay the execution of the unfreezing order.
Consequently, the judge on Tuesday struck out the application for stay of execution, giving Patience unfettered access to the money.
The judge also granted an application by counsel for Skye Bank, Mr. Lanre Ogunlesi (SAN), that the Form 48 and Form 49 filed against his client by Patience to cite the bank for contempt should be struck out.
However, on Wednesday, Oyedepo reappeared before the judge with a new ex parte application to freeze Patience’s account afresh.