Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has been granted full access to her earlier frozen Skye Bank account with a balance of $5.9m.
This was after 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, confirmed being served with the EFCC’s application to withdraw its application for stay of proceedings.
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, Patience Jonathan now has unfettered access to her bank account.
The accounts, opened in the names of companies and an individual, had a cumulative balance of N7,418,829,290.94 (N7.4bn) and $429,381.87.
The coast is now clear for the former first lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Patience Ibifaka Jonathan, to access her account with Skye Bank Plc, where she housed $5. 842, 316. 66M.