by Dolapo Adelana
In 2006, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seized the sum of $13.5million from a former first lady, Patience Jonathan, according to WikiLeaks.
Details of the seizure was revealed in Chapter 5 of Segun Adeniyi’s Against the Run of Play.
According to the chapter titled, “The perception of corruption”, the seizure was made known when WikiLeaks began publishing State Department files of emails from American embassies across the world dating between July 2004 and late December 2011. Some of the revelations in the secret US Embassy dispatches on Nigeria concerning Jonathan were unflattering, to put it mildly.
Perhaps the most damaging USEmbassy cable released at the same period was the one which read, “In September 2006, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seized USD 13.5 million from Dame Patience Jonathan at an airport. Reports indicated the money was laundered through an associate; Jonathan managed to distance himself from the deal. The anti-graft commission investigating the source of the money has reported no findings to date.”