$15m scandal: EFCC summons Patience Jonathan’s security aides

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Patience Jonathan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
has summoned some officials of the Department of
State Services,
who were attached to Dame
Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President
Goodluck Jonathan, for interrogation.
It was learnt on Friday that the invitation was part
of investigations into the $15m frozen in four
company accounts, which Patience had laid claim
to.
Sources in the EFCC told our correspondent that a
letter had been written to the DSS, requesting that
the officials be allowed to honour the anti-graft
agency’s invitation.
A detective told our correspondent that the
commission had evidence that the DSS officials
had, on several occasions, deposited money into
some of the accounts in Skye Bank between 2013
and 2015.

The source said, “The $15m, which we have frozen
in the four company accounts was not paid into
the accounts at once. The money was paid into the
accounts over a two-year period.
“However, we have evidence that it was DSS
officials attached to Jonathan’s wife that deposited
the money. We have gathered bank documents and
we have invited them for interrogation.”
When asked why Patience had not been invited by
the EFCC, even after she had openly laid claim to
the money and dared the anti-graft agency to invite
her for questioning, another source told our
correspondent that it was because the commission
was trying to build a solid case.
The source said, “We will not like to exchange
words with her on the pages of newspapers. She
says the money belongs to her but she has no
evidence to show that she owns the money except
the fact that she was given platinum cards to use
in withdrawing money.
“Possessing an ATM card of an account that does
not bear your name, signature or credentials does
not give you the legal right over that account. We
froze the accounts as part of investigations into a
money laundering case.
“We are still investigating and we may invite her
based on the outcome of investigations. We are
still trying to build a solid case.”
The EFCC had stumbled on four company bank
accounts in Skye Bank while investigating a former
Special Adviser to Jonathan on Domestic Affairs,
Waripamowei Dudafa.
The names of the four companies are: Pluto
Property and Investment Company Limited;
Seagate Property Development and Investment
Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and
Investment Company Limited; and Globus
Integrated Service Limited. The joint balance of the
accounts, as of the time it was frozen, was said to
be $15, 591,700.
The four companies standing trial before a Federal
High Court in Lagos have since pleaded guilty to
money laundering.
Jonathan’s wife has, however, accused the EFCC of
hiring mercenaries as directors of the company in
an attempt to steal her hard-earned money.
Patience, who has sued Skye Bank for N200m,
also has another account under the name
‘Patience Ibifaka Jonathan’ in the bank, which had
a balance of $5m. The account was, however, not
frozen by the commission.
In the suit filed by Patience, while laying claim to
the $15m, which is the subject of prosecution of
Dudafa and others, one Sammie Somiari, who
deposed to an affidavit on behalf of Patience,
claimed that Dudafa helped Patience to open the
bank accounts in 2010.
According to him, Dudafa had on March 22, 2010,
brought two Skye Bank officials to meet Patience
at home to open five accounts.
The deponent claimed that Patience was the sole
signatory to the accounts.
He, however, claimed that after the five accounts
were opened, Patience later discovered that Dudafa
opened only one of the accounts in her name while
the other four were opened in the names of
companies belonging to Dudafa.

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