The Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFFC, has traced some looted funds to wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan.
During preliminary investigations, it was revealed that former presidential aide, Amajuoyi Briggs, a Skye Bank official, Damola Bolodeoku, Pluto Property and Investment Ltd., and Avalon Global Property Ltd., were involved in a fraud to the tune of $31.4 million.
Other companies involved in the fraud include Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited and Globus Integrated Services Limited.
Counsel to Patience Jonathan, Mr. Gboyega Oduwole, had approached the Federal High Court in Lagos handling the case claiming the $31.4 million dollars.
Patience. Jonathan filed a fundamental application against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), claiming ownership of the money.
According to an application filed on September 6th, Mrs. Jonathan is asking the court to make an order for the enforcement of her fundamental rights.
The fundamental rights she is seeking for is that both the EFCC and Skye Bank Plc should unconditionally release the said funds to her.
She prayed the court to make a declaration that the fund standing to the credit of four of the companies and an account in her own name in Skye Bank belonged to her.
She also asked the court to mandate EFFC/FG to lift the ban of No Debit/Freezing Order on the said accounts.
She also wants this done without any order of a competent court of law except she is given a prior notice to this.
She says, placing such freezes with properly informing her was a breach of her fundamental rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.