The four companies (Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd, and Avalon Global Property Development Company Ltd.) linked to Mrs. Patient Jonathan $15 million pleaded guilty in the court yesterday under the court ruling of Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, in Lagos. The case, in which the former president wife few days ago has sued the EFCC and Skye Bank for unlawful freezing of her money, meet a little success yesterday.
However, Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, a former adviser on domestic affairs to President Jonathan and Amajuoyi Azubuike Briggs, another former presidential aide and Adedamola Bolodeoku, former official of Skye bank pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The case was an infringement of Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and is punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act. The case, therefore, involved conspiracy, aiding and abetting according to section 18 (a) of the aforementioned Act.
After, the charges was read to the defendants, the prosecution council, prayed the court to allowed bail for some of the defendants. The Justice of the court, Justice Kuewumi after listening to counsel, granted the second and third defendants bail in the sum of N250 million each with a surety in like sum. The surety must own a landed property in Lagos State or be a Permanent Secretary in a Federal or State Ministry. The Surety shall deposit his international passports and three years tax clearance. He also adjorned the case to 27 September, 2016.