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Drama as Ozekhome, another lawyer clash over who represents firms reportedly belonging to Patience Jonathan

Drama as Ozekhome, another lawyer clash over who represents firms reportedly belonging to Patience Jonathan

A drama played out at the Lagos division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, January 24, when a lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, engaged his colleague, Luke Aghanenu, in a tussle over legal representation of four companies.

- Mike Ozekhome was involved in a tussle with his colleague, Luke Aghanenu, over legal representation of some companies

- The companies were reported to be owned former first lady, Patience Jonathan

- Some of the companies are: Pluto Property and Investment Company, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd

There was a slight drama at the Lagos division of the Federal High Court over legal representation of four companies allegedly belonging former first lady, Patience Jonathan, on Wednesday, January 24, when Mike Ozekhome had a tussle with a colleague, Luke Aghanenu, over legal representation of the companies.

Vanguard reports that the companies, Pluto Property and Investment Company, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd and Avalon Global Property Development Ltd, pleaded guilty to laundering $15 million last year.

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The four companies had been arraigned on 15 count charge of money laundering alongside Waripamo Dudafa, a former special adviser to former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Amajuoyi Briggs; and Adedamola Bolodeoku by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ozekhome who claimed he was legally recruited to represent the companies urged the court to nullify the guilty plea entered by the companies, arguing that they were initially not given fair hearing.

Similarly, Aghanenu came before the judge saying he was also briefed by the companies to represent them.

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Meanwhile, We had reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission reportedly arrested the younger sister to the Nigerian former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, the wife of the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, over suspicious payments of N3bn made into her many accounts.

Punch reports that the suspect, Esther Oba, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday, January 22, shortly after returning from Dubai with her husband and three children.

It was learnt that the accounts, with a combined balance of N3bn, are in Skye Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Diamond Bank and Ecobank.

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