Court Fines Patience Jonathan

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Justice S. Seidu of a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has imposed a fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira only) on former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, for withdrawing a suit instituted against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Jonathan, in the suit, sought an order of the court for the “enforcement of her fundamental human rights to own property, fair hearing, human dignity, private and family life and freedom from discrimination”.
In a defence led by I. A. Adedipe, SAN, she prayed the court to retrain the EFCC from encroaching on those “rights”. Prosecution counsel, Kayode Oni, faulted Jonathan on her prayers before the court, arguing that her suit was an abuse of court processes.
At the resumption of hearing on the matter on Monday, one of the defence counsels, Sammie Somiari, addressed the court on a notice of discontinuance of the suit, saying that he had an instruction of his client to discontinue the matter. He said that an application had been filed before the court to that effect.
The EFCC counsel submitted that Patience had a right of discontinuance but pressed for a charge of N500,000( Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) as costs of filing processes in response to the suit. Justice Seidu struck out the suit and awarded a cost of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira only) as a fine against Jonathan. Dame Patience Jonathan instituted the suit against the EFCC in February, 2017.

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