Justice S. Seidu of a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has imposed a fine of N50,000 on former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, for withdrawing a suit instituted against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 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”.
In a defence led by I. A. Adedipe, SAN, she prayed the court to retrain the EFCC from encroaching on those “rights”.
Counsel to the EFCC, Kayode Oni, faulted the former first lady on her prayers before the court, arguing that her suit was “an abuse of court process”.
He said that an application had been filed before the court to that effect. Counsel to the EFCC submitted that Mrs. Jonathan has 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 cost against the plaintiff.
This was contained in a statement issued by the EFCC Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren.