…fines her N500,000
By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HAR-COURT— JUSTICE Salisu Seidu of a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday struck out a suit by former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The judge also awarded as cost N500,000 against the plaintiff, Mrs Jonathan.
It will be recalled that the former First lady, Mrs Jonathan had filed the suit against the anti graft agency seeking the court for “Enforcement of her fundamental rights to own property, fair hearing, human dignity, private and family life and freedom from discrimination.”
Counsel to the EFCC, Kayode Oni through a preliminary objection, challenged jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.
At the resume hearing, yesterday, counsel to Mrs Jonathan, Sammie Somiari said her client had filed an application to discontinue the case.
On his part, counsel to EFCC, Mr Oni told the court that it was within the limit of the former First lady to seek withdrawal but quickly pressed for a cost of N500,000 to cover cost of filing processes to the suit.