How Abuja High Court Struck Out Dame Patience Jonathan’s Lawsuit


The Federal High Court siting in Abuja has struck out a suit filed by a former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The suit filed by by Chief Ifedayo Adedikpe, on behalf of the former First Lady, Dame Jonathan, claimed an order for general damages and compensation in the sum of N2 billion against the EFCC for the violation of her fundamental rights.

Delivering the judgement, Justice John Tsoho held that Mrs Jonathan’s claim of indiscriminate harassment and freezing of her account without invitation was upon misdemeanor suspicion.

The court observed that the applicant did not tender any verifiable evidence to show how her right of dignity was violated.

On the applicant’s claim that the EFCC had raided her resident, seized property and frozen her account before obtaining an interim forfeiture order, the Judge held that in sections 20 and 29 of EFCC statutory act, the commission has special jurisdiction and statutory powers to prior to rules of court.

According to Justice Soho, the application of the applicant that her rights and dignity were violated through spurious publications by the respondent could not stand.