The supreme court of Nigeria has upheld the interim forfeiture made by a federal high court in Lagos in connection to the $8.4 million allegedly traced to former first lady, Patience Jonathan.
A five-man panel of the court led by Dattijo Muhammad unanimously ruled on Friday that the appeal filed by wife of the former president, challenging the interim forfeiture, lacked merit.
The apex court directed Mrs Jonathan to go before the federal high court and show cause why the funds should not be permanently forfeited to the federal government.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had said it traced the money in question to her and in April, Mojisola Olatoregun of the federal high, Lagos, granted the anti-graft agency an ex parte order to temporarily seize the money.
The former first lady had appealed that order, challenging the competence of the ex parte application filed by the EFCC to request the order of interim forfeiture.
She also challenged the validity of the order made by the trial court and the constitutionality of section 17 of AFFA.
But the Appeal court dismissed her appeal and she then turned to the Supreme Court for relief.