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Court Fines Patience Jonathan After Dismissing Her Lawsuit Against The EFCC

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A Port Harcourt’s Federal High Court Justice, Salisu Seidu, ruled out a suit by former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC yesterday.The River State Judge also imposed a fine of N50,000 on the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan for withdrawing the same suit instituted against the EFCC. Mrs. Jonathan had in February 2017 instituted a suit against the EFCC in which she was seeking an order of the court for the “enforcement of her fundamental rights to own property, fair hearing, human dignity, private and family life and freedom from discrimination”.She had prayed the court to restrain the EFCC from infringing on her rights even when Counsel to the EFCC faulted the former first lady on her prayers before the court, arguing that her suit was “an abuse of court process”.At the resumed hearing of the matter on Monday, Sammie Somiari who represented Patience addressed the court on a notice of discontinuance of the case, but pressed for a charge of N500,000 as costs of filing processes in response to the suit. The justice still struck out the suit and awarded cost against the plaintiff.Photo Credit: Getty

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