The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has withdrawn application seeking to stop the execution of a court order which unfroze the Skye Bank account of Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, with a balance of $5.9m.
A counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, appeared before the Federal High Court in Lagos, which, on April 6, unfroze Patience’s account, stating that the commission had changed its mind about appealing the unfreezing order.
He equally told the presiding judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, that the commission was withdrawing its application seeking to stay the execution of the order.
Responding, Patience’s lawyer, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), confirmed being served with the EFCC’s application to withdraw its application for stay of execution.
Adedipe said in view of the EFCC’s action, he would also withdraw the Form 48 and Form 49 he filed to cite Skye Bank for contempt of court for not allowing Patience access to her account in spite of the court order.
After hearing both parties out, Justice Olatoregun granted their prayers to withdraw their respective applications.
With the development, the ex-President’s wife now has unfettered access to her bank account.