The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday ordered the forfeiture of ex-First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan’s $8.4 million and N9.2 billion to the Federal Government.
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun held that the money is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
She granted an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that the money should be permanently forfeited.
The judge held that Mrs Jonathan could not prove that the money was legitimately earned.
The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has called for more private sector participation in the organisation of the annual 10km Okpekpe Road Race, noting that the event has immense potential to boost sports development in the country.
L-R: Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie; Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, and Chairman of the Edo State Sports Commission, Godwin Dudu-Orumen, at the 10km Okpekpe Road Race, held on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
Dalung made the call while speaking with journalists at the end of the race, held in Okpekpe town, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, on Saturday.
Dalung who was among the VIP runners, joined Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, Secretary to State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., and other top government officials in the 10km race.
He commended the state government on the sustenance of the competition, noting that that the 7th edition of the road race showed improvement in terms of security, media and community mobilisation.
Dalung said sports development across the globe is driven by private sector initiative, while “government plays a complementary role by providing for security, mobilisation, among others.”
He said, “The private sector should invest in the 10km road race as it is already a big business with high volume of trade and commercial potential for private actors to take advantage of.”
Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, commended the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for upgrading the 10km Okpekpe road race to a gold-label competition, stressing that the 2019 edition was better in terms of organisation.