For some days now, Nigeria’s most popular First Lady Mrs Patience Jonathan has been making headlines, though not in a positive light, Mrs Patience Jonathan has been involved in a money laundering case with EFCC.
Former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, was never accused by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of any financial crime until she declares that the account frozen by EFCC belong to her, Patience Jonathan was found to be the sole signatory to the accounts and also has a special card which she used in making withdrawals across the world.
After that, it was understood that the former First Lady opened five different accounts with skye bank in billions, the vocal first lady wasn’t the initial target of the investigation but after her admittance to owning the accounts, she has got questions to answer.
Patience Jonathan admitted owning the account after it was reportedly frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in July 2016 following a money laundering case against a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Jonathan, Waripamowei Dudafa.
Some Nigerians have bared their minds on the matter, Prof. Sagay stressed that Mrs Jonathan must explain to Nigerian on how she have such money in her account, since she was a civil servant before her husband became the president, but if the former First Lady cannot account for the money source of the money, then Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will do their job by probing her for money laundering.
The EFCC and ICPC Act have provisions under which they can ask the court to freeze the account of a person if capacity to earn is below the amount of money that the person appears to have.
‘’If she is claiming the money belongs to her, she has put herself in a position where she must explain how she earned it,” Sagay said.
Mrs Jonathan further urged EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu and the bank to lift the restrictions placed on the account saying the money found in five Skye bank accounts linked to her was meant for her medical bills and other expenses.
Former First Land went on to accuse the EFCC of defamation by stressing that the four companies that testified are hand work of the EFCC. she has went further to file a suit of $200M Against EFCC saying that EFCC are plotting to steal her hard-earned money and hiring mercenaries to plead guilty to the charges against the companies.