A Federal High Court Judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, on Tuesday watched in open court, video clips presented as exhibits in an $8.4m and N7.4bn forfeiture case linked to a former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had, on April 20, 2018, via an ex parte application, obtained an interim order for forfeiture of the sum.It joined as respondents: Patience Jonathan, Globus Integrated Services Ltd, Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd, Pagmat Oil and Gas Ltd, Magel Resort Ltd and Esther Oba, as first to seventh respondents.While granting the interim forfeiture order, the court had directed that the order be published in the national dailies for any interested party to appear and show cause why a final order should not be made.
On October 29, 2018, EFCC’s counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, moved his motion seeking final forfeiture of the sums; but Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), counsel to the respondents, opposed the said applications for final forfeiture and urged the court to hear his counter affidavits.
Specifically, Ozekhome, who appeared for the third to sixth respondents, had informed the court that exhibit F5 of his processes confirmed that the third respondent (Finchley Homes) was a company, and showed video evidences of various outfits legitimately run by it.
Ozekhome then applied and requested to allow him present videos as exhibits in court, whose application was granted by the Judge.
At the resumption of hearing on Tuesday, five videos were displayed during the proceedings in close succession via a projector in the courtroom.The first video, which spanned a period of 25 minutes, showed business outlets and products of Finchley Homes Ltd (third respondent), including interior and exterior home decorations, household utensils, textiles, drinks, noodles, furniture, its warehouse, as well as various pick up vans belonging to the company.
The second video clip, which ran for four minutes, showed the business outfit of the sixth respondent (Magel Resort Ltd), located in Otueke, Bayelsa State, showed the luxurious Hotel and Suites with well equipped IT centres.Similarly, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), counsel to the first respondent, also exhibited three more videos, showing activities of the Women for Change Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation, linked to Jonathan.