For suing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Federal Government, President Buhari has ordered EFCC to investigate Patience Jonathan.
They did…. And found something. They found a minimum of $5m dollars to one of her Skye Bank accounts.
This brings to $20m the total amount so far traced to the former first lady.
A source at the EFCC said, “We traced four companies to one Mr. Dudafa.
“The companies have domiciliary accounts at Skye Bank with a balance of about $15m. So, we obtained a court order and froze the accounts.
“We then traced the directors of the companies who then denied ownership of the accounts.
“It was later that we were informed that the accounts belonged to Patience Jonathan and that she is the sole signatory to the accounts.
“She was given a special card which she used in making withdrawals across the world.
“We, therefore, wondered why the accounts were not opened in her name if she had nothing to hide.
“In fact, we later found out that her personal account, which bears her name, has a balance of $5m.
“One wonders where a person, who has never held a government position, got the money from.
“She was not our initial target but she certainly has questions to answer.”
Recall that Patience Jonathan had sued Skye Bank for freezing her bank accounts and giving the EFCC vital information about her finances.
The EFCC has now filed an amended 17 counts against Dudafa and seven others, including the four companies.
Patience Jonathan has also being sued.
EFCC said they amended the charges since all suspects conspired to conceal $15,591,700.
The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), said with the fresh admission by Patience that she owns the accounts, the EFCC has the right to arrest and probe her.
According to Sagay, “If you are living a lavish lifestyle and it appears you don’t have the means to have acquired the property and the wealth you have, the EFCC is free to arrest and probe you.
“If she is claiming the money belongs to her, she has put herself in a position where she must explain how she earned it.”