Federal Government on Tuesday told an Abuja High Court of its decision to settle out of court a
legal tussle between President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience, and widow of late President Umaru Ya’Adua, Turai, over a choice plot of land at Cadastral Zone in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Documents before the court showed that the disputed land had been duly allocated to Turai’s non govermental organisation (NGO), Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation (WYEF), by the FCT Minister with the Right of Occupancy issued
to it.
The Registered Trustees of WYEF had reportedly applied and were granted an allocation of Plot 1347 Cadastral Zone, after paying N184,529,438
for statutory Right of Occupancy.
Under the terms of grant, the NGO was given three years to develop the property based on approved building plans.
After payments of the various levies, the plaintiff (WYEF) paid additional N76,936,210 as building plan fees after which the grant and approval were given in line with the master plan for Abuja.
Thereafter, the plaintiff appointed and mobilised a building firm, Al-Cooks Nigeria Limited, to site to develop the property at the cost of
On November 1, 2011, the Federal Capital Territory Administration sent an additional bill of N18,529,438 being the balance of the various charges under the grant, which the plaintiff paid the next day.
Shortly after these transactions, however, the FCT Minister issued a notice of revocation of the said property which it allocated to the plaintiff for the purpose of building of public institution (training/vocational centre).
The said letter of revocation was backdated with effect from October 27, 2011.
Immediately after the revocation letter was issued, the FCT Minister, Bala Muhammed, reportedly re-allocated the plot to another organisation, African First Ladies Peace Centre, which the current First Lady, Patience Jonathan, is believed to be a sponsor.
It was at this stage that Turai’s NGO went to court to challenge the actions of the minister with respect to the revocation letter.
Justice Peter Affen then granted a restraining order barring the minister and the administration of the FCT, the Abuja Geographical Information System (AGIS) and the Attorney General of the Federation from carrying out further activities at the site.
However, while the order of the court was still subsisting, the defendants in defiance of the said
order mobilised people to site to begin
construction work.
Faced with this, counsel to WYEF, Innocent Lagi, went back to court and initiated contempt proceedings against the defendants.
But in an attempt to frustrate the hearing of the contempt proceedings, the office of the Attorney General of the Federation last Friday approached the court with a motion seeking to vacate the said order.
Justice Affen, however, asked the AGF to put the necessary parties on notice and later adjourned the matter for yesterday.
When the matter was called, counsel from the chambers of the AGF, Baba Sa’idu, told the court of government’s willingness to settle the matter amicably out of court.
He added that already, his client had reached out to all the counsel to the parties before the court.
His position was corroborated by counsel to the FCT Minister, the FCT Administration and AGIS, Felix Ibanga, just as the plaintiff’s counsel, Lagi, also confirmed the development.
Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned till November 14.


The Governor of Bayelsa State has appointed the First Lady of Nigeria a Permanent Secretary along with 16 others.
In a statement released by the Office of the Head of Service whoch was read on the state radio,
“By the constitutional power conferred on the
state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, in section
203 sub-section 2c, Dame Patience Jonathan and
seventeen others have been elevated to the position of Permanent Secretary in the state civil
service,” Izonfo said.
The other 17 permanent secretaries are Mr. J.E. Oye, Samson Ayibeboa, Mrs. Antonia
Koroye, Ziwari Billie, Buruboyefa John, Dikuro
Ayebameh, Serge Williams, Olu Kuruom, G.I.Izein,
Mrs.Philomena Alodie, Dr. Omietimi Kojo, Ese
Izonebi, Ohougha Maythias, James Clinton, Mrs.
Linnet Tebepah, Moses Teibowei, Dr. A. Sanayi
and Vivian Odiwei.
According to the Special adviser on Media Affairs to the Governor Mr Daniel Iworioso, the First lady was formerly a teacher on the Rivers state teaching board and if not for her taking a leave of absence from service in 1999 to join her husband in his political career,she would have risen to the post of the Permanent Secretary.
Dame patience has a National
Certificate of Education in Mathematics/Biology from the College of education and a degree in
Biology and Psychology (Education) from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.


The First Lady of Nigeria,Dame Patience Jonathan received an award Tourism Ambassador for Africa award United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
She was given the award due to her monumental commitment and support for women in tourism.
Presenting the award to her was the Secretary-General Mr. Talik Rifai, during the 53rd meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa that held in Calabar
During her speech she pledged her self to mobilise women and the youth in order to achieve the organisation goal across the continents,also that tourism can be used to improve African economies and fight poverty.