EFCC freezes Patience Jonathan’s personal $5m account

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
has frozen Patience Jonathan’s personal account,
titled ‘Patience Ibifaka Jonathan’, which is
domiciled in Skye Bank Plc.

Impeccable sources within the agency told our
correspondent on Wednesday that the move had
become necessary due to the prima facie case
established against the former President Goodluck
Jonathan’s wife.
As part of investigations into alleged diversion
against a former Special Adviser to ex-President
Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei
Dudafa, the anti-graft agency had frozen four
companies’ accounts in Skye Bank with a balance
of $15,591,700.

However, before the EFCC could arraign the four
companies in court, Jonathan’s wife deposed to an
affidavit, claiming that the money belonged to her.
Despite Patience’s claims, however, the EFCC
arraigned the four companies –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 companies pleaded guilty and the EFCC had
already begun moves to ensure that the money is
forfeited permanently to the Federal Government.
A detective at the EFCC  “Recall
that we had frozen the four companies’ accounts,
which Patience Jonathan later laid claim to. We
have been able to establish that the money was
part of proceeds of crime.
“She had no evidence that the money in the four
accounts belonged to her. All she had were
platinum debit cards, which she was using to
withdraw money and the cards are not evidence of
ownership.
“Initially, we had traced $5m to her personal
account, which we did not touch but I can confirm
to you now that the $5m account, bearing Patience
Jonathan’s name, has also been seized since she
claimed that the monies in the company accounts
and the one in her personal name all emanated
from the same source.
“We are tracing other accounts belonging to
Patience. It will interest you to know that despite
all the letters she has written, she has never stated
where she got the money from. She claimed to be
a housewife and yet she has $20m.”
Patience had recently written a letter to the acting
Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, where
she claimed that she needed the money for her
medical treatment abroad.
She had also sued Skye Bank for N200m, accusing
the bank of freezing her accounts unjustly.
In a letter written by her lawyers, Granville Abibo
(SAN) and Co, Patience said, “It is noteworthy to
emphasise that the said accounts, which were in
US dollar denomination, were card-based accounts
and our client is the sole signatory of these
accounts.
“The said bank officials also assured our client
that they will change the account names
accordingly and issue to our client new credit
cards for the said accounts which was not done
despite repeated demands.
“However, our client has been operating the said
accounts using the cards for her medical bill
payments and purchases for her private purposes
without any let or hindrance.
“Our client was therefore surprised when the said
cards stopped functioning on July 7, 2016 or
thereabout. Our client immediately thereupon
contacted Skye Bank Plc through our solicitors. It
was only then that the bank officials informed our
client that the said accounts were placed on a ‘No
Debit Order’ following investigations and
instructions from your commission and this is
without notice to our client by either the bank or
the commission.
“It is in the light of the foregoing that we urge you
to use your good offices to vacate the ‘No Debit/
Freezing Order’ placed on the said accounts.”

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