$20m frozen funds: EFCC to invite Patience Jonathan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to invite Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan over the frozen $20m, Punch reports.

The anti-graft agency had frozen her personal account with a balance of $5m and four other accounts with a balance of $15m all domiciled at Skye Bank which she claimed was hers.

Sources revealed that the commission had obtained Mrs. Jonathan’s file from Skye Bank and realized that the four company accounts were opened with fake identity cards and driving licences.

“After three months of investigation, I can confirm to you that we are set to invite Patience Jonathan. We obtained the files from the bank and we realised that those accounts with the $15m were opened with fake identity cards, including driving licences.

“We took the cards and went to the Federal Road Safety Corps to verify if the cards were authentic. We found out that the cards were fake. So, this is not just money laundering but a clear case of fraud.

“If they had nothing to hide, why did they go to this length?” a detective said.

It was also established that the accounts were opened between 2013 and 2014, as opposed to claims of 2010.

Recall that the EFCC had uncovered four company accounts with $15m while investigating a former Special Adviser to the President on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa.

Patience Jonathan had laid claim to the money, stating that she asked Dudafa to open an account on her behalf but the ex-aide, however, opened them in the name of four companies with his domestic staff as directors.

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