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Patience Jonathan Actually Withdrew Cash From Her Unblocked Account ...See Photo

Patience Jonathan Actually Withdrew Cash From Her Unblocked Account ...See Photo

Patience Jonathan Actually Withdrew Cash From Her Unblocked Account ...See Photo
Contrary to media report that Patience Jonathan was blocked from making withdrawal from her unfrozen account at the Skye Bank in Abuja, the former First Lady actually withdrew the sum of $100,000

According to NAN, Patience Jonathan yesterday waited for hours at a bank in Abuja until she was allowed to withdraw money from a domiciliary account.

A Lagos court blocked the account in December on the request of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the EFCC, on suspicion the money it holds - $5.9 million – was proceed of crime.

However, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun Thursday lifted the temporary forfeiture order as a result of which the former first lady showed up at the Skye Bank PLC, Maitama, Abuja where she operates the account.


She demanded to withdrawal “huge amount of money,” said a source who wouldn’t want to be named.

However, the source said she was told by the bank officials that such amount was not available at the branch.

The former first lady insisted on being paid or else she would not leave the bank, the source said.

Another source, however, said she stayed for too long in the bank because  she was confronted with fresh court documents demanding a stay of execution.

A report by the News Agency of Nigeria yesterday said the EFCC had procured a stay-of-execution of the judgement and also simultaneously filed an appeal.

Unconfirmed reports said that she wanted to withdraw as much as $1 million on Friday, but was given $100,000 by the bank.

She returned at 10:00 a.m. yesterday and had a closed-door meeting with an Executive Director of the bank.

She finally left the bank at 4:05 p.m. but declined to speak to newsmen who sought to know why she was there.

One of her aides, who declined to disclose his name, told newsmen that “everything was okay”.

Speaking with Daily Trust, Mrs Jonathan’s solicitor, Charles Ogboli, declined to give details of the withdrawal but confirmed that the bank has fully complied with the order of the court. 

“We visited the bank as the order of court was given and the order of the court has been obeyed to the letter,” he said.

On why it took several hours to conclude the transaction, the lawyer said there was no hiccups whatsoever, describing it as “normal protocol of transaction.”

It was gathered that the former First Lady arrived the bank around 10 am in the morning in company of several aides and mobile security operatives. and departed at closing time by 4pm. 

Attempts by reporters to get Mrs Jonathan’s view, was frustrated by the security operatives, who smashed an expensive camera belonging to a Daily Trust photo journalist, Ikechukwu Ibeh.
Patience Jonathan Actually Withdrew Cash From Her Unblocked Account ...See Photo
Contrary to media report that Patience Jonathan was blocked from making withdrawal from her unfrozen account at the Skye Bank in Abuja, the former First Lady actually withdrew the sum of $100,000

According to NAN, Patience Jonathan yesterday waited for hours at a bank in Abuja until she was allowed to withdraw money from a domiciliary account.

A Lagos court blocked the account in December on the request of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the EFCC, on suspicion the money it holds - $5.9 million – was proceed of crime.

However, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun Thursday lifted the temporary forfeiture order as a result of which the former first lady showed up at the Skye Bank PLC, Maitama, Abuja where she operates the account.


She demanded to withdrawal “huge amount of money,” said a source who wouldn’t want to be named.

However, the source said she was told by the bank officials that such amount was not available at the branch.

The former first lady insisted on being paid or else she would not leave the bank, the source said.

Another source, however, said she stayed for too long in the bank because  she was confronted with fresh court documents demanding a stay of execution.

A report by the News Agency of Nigeria yesterday said the EFCC had procured a stay-of-execution of the judgement and also simultaneously filed an appeal.

Unconfirmed reports said that she wanted to withdraw as much as $1 million on Friday, but was given $100,000 by the bank.

She returned at 10:00 a.m. yesterday and had a closed-door meeting with an Executive Director of the bank.

She finally left the bank at 4:05 p.m. but declined to speak to newsmen who sought to know why she was there.

One of her aides, who declined to disclose his name, told newsmen that “everything was okay”.

Speaking with Daily Trust, Mrs Jonathan’s solicitor, Charles Ogboli, declined to give details of the withdrawal but confirmed that the bank has fully complied with the order of the court. 

“We visited the bank as the order of court was given and the order of the court has been obeyed to the letter,” he said.

On why it took several hours to conclude the transaction, the lawyer said there was no hiccups whatsoever, describing it as “normal protocol of transaction.”

It was gathered that the former First Lady arrived the bank around 10 am in the morning in company of several aides and mobile security operatives. and departed at closing time by 4pm. 

Attempts by reporters to get Mrs Jonathan’s view, was frustrated by the security operatives, who smashed an expensive camera belonging to a Daily Trust photo journalist, Ikechukwu Ibeh.

BREAKING: Patience Jonathan Wins Suit Over $5.9m As Court Unfreezes Account

BREAKING: Patience Jonathan Wins Suit Over $5.9m As Court Unfreezes Account

Court Unfreezes Patience Jonathan's $5.9m Account
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to unfreeze the account of the wife of former President, Patience Jonathan.

One of the accounts which contained $5.9m was frozen when the court presided over by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun in December 2016, had made the freezing order following an application for an interim injunction by the EFCC to that effect.

The EFCC had in an affidavit deposed to by one of its operatives, Mr. Abdulahi Tukur, told the judge that suspected proceeds of crime were retained in the accounts and urged the judge to urgently freeze the accounts pending the conclusion of its investigations.

Court Unfreezes Patience Jonathan's $5.9m Account
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to unfreeze the account of the wife of former President, Patience Jonathan.

One of the accounts which contained $5.9m was frozen when the court presided over by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun in December 2016, had made the freezing order following an application for an interim injunction by the EFCC to that effect.

The EFCC had in an affidavit deposed to by one of its operatives, Mr. Abdulahi Tukur, told the judge that suspected proceeds of crime were retained in the accounts and urged the judge to urgently freeze the accounts pending the conclusion of its investigations.

Patience Jonathan Joins 2019 Senatorial Race

Patience Jonathan Joins 2019 Senatorial Race

Patience Jonathan
An unconfirmed report according to The Summary suggests that Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan has joined the race to vie for a senatorial seat in Rivers State.

The scanty report says Dame Patience Jonathan will be representing Rivers East Senatorial District in Rivers State if elected in 2019.


Patience, though enmeshed in several cases bothered on financial impropriety, her husband, former President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP became a revered international figure, having voluntarily conceded defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC even before the official announcement of the Presidential election.

Jonathan has since won to himself some exemplary international awards
Patience Jonathan
An unconfirmed report according to The Summary suggests that Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan has joined the race to vie for a senatorial seat in Rivers State.

The scanty report says Dame Patience Jonathan will be representing Rivers East Senatorial District in Rivers State if elected in 2019.


Patience, though enmeshed in several cases bothered on financial impropriety, her husband, former President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP became a revered international figure, having voluntarily conceded defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC even before the official announcement of the Presidential election.

Jonathan has since won to himself some exemplary international awards

REVEALED: Why Police Raided Patience Jonathan's Abuja Home; The Tip Off, The Huge Dollar, What Went Wrong Exposed

REVEALED: Why Police Raided Patience Jonathan's Abuja Home; The Tip Off, The Huge Dollar, What Went Wrong Exposed

Patience Jonathan
Why the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force raided a house reportedly belong to Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in Abuja on Wednesday has been unearthed, News Punch learned reliably

The Police raid was reportedly aimed at uncovering huge foreign currencies allegedly kept in the building, report according to Punch Newspaper suggests.

The security personnel raided the house on a tip-off that huge amount, allegedly believed to be stolen government money, was kept in the building located at Igbeti Rock, Maitama, Abuja, multiple sources familiar with the investigation confided in our source's correspondents.

It was further detailed according to Punch Newspaper that the operation, which was carried out by operatives of the Special Investigation Panel, headed by a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, acted at the behest of the Federal Government Asset Recovery and Forfeiture Committee.

Sources explained that an informant had tipped the Federal Government about alleged huge stolen cash hidden in the building and in three other different locations in the Federal Capital Territory.

It was learnt that the informant, who told the government about the cash in the Maitama property, had hinted that the suspect planned to move the money anytime.

Following the intelligence report, the SIP operatives stormed the duplex on Wednesday, but did not find any cash.

A source explained that the police did not know that the building belonged to Jonathan until she identified herself as a former First Lady to the team leader, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Adebo Williams, on the telephone.

The source stated, “At the house, the security men said the house belonged to one Jaga, a Rivers State indigene, and the team leader was directed to call the owner.

“The security man gave the phone to the team leader and she identified herself as former First Lady.

“She spoke in pidgin English and told the operatives to go and take whatever they kept in the house. The team leader advised her to send her lawyer and she did. The house was searched in the lawyer’s presence.”

It was gathered that the team discovered that the first of the twin duplex had not been inhabited for a long time.

The men, it was learnt, found some company documents, three Diamond bank accounts cheque leaves, which were taken away for further investigations.

A source said, “The second duplex was also filled with cobwebs and contained four big security safes. All the four security safes were met opened and in clean condition, indicating that they have been in use.

A senior officer stated that a bulletproof Porsche jeep and a BMW car were found locked up in the garage.
Patience Jonathan
Why the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force raided a house reportedly belong to Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in Abuja on Wednesday has been unearthed, News Punch learned reliably

The Police raid was reportedly aimed at uncovering huge foreign currencies allegedly kept in the building, report according to Punch Newspaper suggests.

The security personnel raided the house on a tip-off that huge amount, allegedly believed to be stolen government money, was kept in the building located at Igbeti Rock, Maitama, Abuja, multiple sources familiar with the investigation confided in our source's correspondents.

It was further detailed according to Punch Newspaper that the operation, which was carried out by operatives of the Special Investigation Panel, headed by a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, acted at the behest of the Federal Government Asset Recovery and Forfeiture Committee.

Sources explained that an informant had tipped the Federal Government about alleged huge stolen cash hidden in the building and in three other different locations in the Federal Capital Territory.

It was learnt that the informant, who told the government about the cash in the Maitama property, had hinted that the suspect planned to move the money anytime.

Following the intelligence report, the SIP operatives stormed the duplex on Wednesday, but did not find any cash.

A source explained that the police did not know that the building belonged to Jonathan until she identified herself as a former First Lady to the team leader, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Adebo Williams, on the telephone.

The source stated, “At the house, the security men said the house belonged to one Jaga, a Rivers State indigene, and the team leader was directed to call the owner.

“The security man gave the phone to the team leader and she identified herself as former First Lady.

“She spoke in pidgin English and told the operatives to go and take whatever they kept in the house. The team leader advised her to send her lawyer and she did. The house was searched in the lawyer’s presence.”

It was gathered that the team discovered that the first of the twin duplex had not been inhabited for a long time.

The men, it was learnt, found some company documents, three Diamond bank accounts cheque leaves, which were taken away for further investigations.

A source said, “The second duplex was also filled with cobwebs and contained four big security safes. All the four security safes were met opened and in clean condition, indicating that they have been in use.

A senior officer stated that a bulletproof Porsche jeep and a BMW car were found locked up in the garage.

20 Armed Policemen Invade Patience Jonathan's Abuja Home, Cart Away Shocking Item

20 Armed Policemen Invade Patience Jonathan's Abuja Home, Cart Away Shocking Item

This may not be the best time for the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan as some heavily armed Nigeria Police Force, numbering about 20, on Wednesday raided her home in Abuja, along Igbeti Rock Street, Maitama, The Punch Newspaper reports

Apart from the private security guards, no other person was within the premises when the policemen arrived, it was gathered.

Punch Newspaper detailed that more than 20 policemen, who came in three hilux vans and another Toyota Hiace Bus, were said to have forced themselves into the building.


They were said to have broken into the building and went away with a brown envelope.

A source, who witness the incident, told Punch Newspaper that the heavily armed policemen were brief in their operation.

The source said, “Men of the Nigerian Police Force raided the home of the former First Lady, Patience today.

“A reporter from one of the television stations who witnessed the event, was harassed by security officers and her phone seized.

“The operation which took place at the Igbeti Rock street started at about 5pm.

“The policemen came in four vehicles and they also took away one hefty brown envelope. They didn’t speak to us on why they came and the content of the envelope.”
This may not be the best time for the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan as some heavily armed Nigeria Police Force, numbering about 20, on Wednesday raided her home in Abuja, along Igbeti Rock Street, Maitama, The Punch Newspaper reports

Apart from the private security guards, no other person was within the premises when the policemen arrived, it was gathered.

Punch Newspaper detailed that more than 20 policemen, who came in three hilux vans and another Toyota Hiace Bus, were said to have forced themselves into the building.


They were said to have broken into the building and went away with a brown envelope.

A source, who witness the incident, told Punch Newspaper that the heavily armed policemen were brief in their operation.

The source said, “Men of the Nigerian Police Force raided the home of the former First Lady, Patience today.

“A reporter from one of the television stations who witnessed the event, was harassed by security officers and her phone seized.

“The operation which took place at the Igbeti Rock street started at about 5pm.

“The policemen came in four vehicles and they also took away one hefty brown envelope. They didn’t speak to us on why they came and the content of the envelope.”

JUST IN: EFCC Stumbles On Fresh 'Ghost' Accounts, With Patience Jonathan As Signatory

JUST IN: EFCC Stumbles On Fresh 'Ghost' Accounts, With Patience Jonathan As Signatory

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered new evidence against Esther Oba, a cousin of former First Lady Patience Jonathan. The anti-graft agency began investigating Ms. Oba after revealing that she was the one of the owners of Mrs. Jonathan’s N9b bank accounts.

“After we froze Patience Jonathan’s accounts a few months ago, we continued to investigate the former First Lady. We then stumbled on some accounts which did not bear her name but had her signature,” an EFCC source disclosed to Punch Newspaper.


“We realized that one Esther Oba, who we believe is Patience’s cousin, had been operating some accounts for her. The accounts had Oba’s BVN but carried Patience’s signature. So we began investigating Oba,” the source explained.

The EFCC discovered that Ms. Oba used two separate passports when handling the accounts. Both passports have the same name, but curiously have two separate signatures. The EFCC subsequently contacted the Nigeria Immigration Service, who confirmed that the passports are valid.

Despite the confirmation, the EFCC said the two passports would undergo a forensic analysis, as Ms. Oba’s signature and that of Mrs. Jonathan “look exactly alike.”

"Immigration confirmed that the two passports are indeed valid. They bear the same name, picture and details but different signatures," the EFCC source said. "So, they have also launched an investigation into the matter. Obviously, this is a case of fraud."

The EFCC froze the accounts belonging to Ms. Oba and five companies in December 2016 under the suspicion that they held the proceeds of Mrs. Jonathan’s crimes. The five companies collectively held over N7.4b.

In July of the same year, the EFCC froze four companies’ accounts with a total balance of $15b.

The former First Lady has insisted that the whopping sum belongs to her and that she has committed no crime.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered new evidence against Esther Oba, a cousin of former First Lady Patience Jonathan. The anti-graft agency began investigating Ms. Oba after revealing that she was the one of the owners of Mrs. Jonathan’s N9b bank accounts.

“After we froze Patience Jonathan’s accounts a few months ago, we continued to investigate the former First Lady. We then stumbled on some accounts which did not bear her name but had her signature,” an EFCC source disclosed to Punch Newspaper.


“We realized that one Esther Oba, who we believe is Patience’s cousin, had been operating some accounts for her. The accounts had Oba’s BVN but carried Patience’s signature. So we began investigating Oba,” the source explained.

The EFCC discovered that Ms. Oba used two separate passports when handling the accounts. Both passports have the same name, but curiously have two separate signatures. The EFCC subsequently contacted the Nigeria Immigration Service, who confirmed that the passports are valid.

Despite the confirmation, the EFCC said the two passports would undergo a forensic analysis, as Ms. Oba’s signature and that of Mrs. Jonathan “look exactly alike.”

"Immigration confirmed that the two passports are indeed valid. They bear the same name, picture and details but different signatures," the EFCC source said. "So, they have also launched an investigation into the matter. Obviously, this is a case of fraud."

The EFCC froze the accounts belonging to Ms. Oba and five companies in December 2016 under the suspicion that they held the proceeds of Mrs. Jonathan’s crimes. The five companies collectively held over N7.4b.

In July of the same year, the EFCC froze four companies’ accounts with a total balance of $15b.

The former First Lady has insisted that the whopping sum belongs to her and that she has committed no crime.

Court FREEZES Patience Jonathan's Multiple Accounts of N7.4b, $5.317

Court FREEZES Patience Jonathan's Multiple Accounts of N7.4b, $5.317

Court FREEZES Patience Jonathan's Multiple Accounts of N7.4b, $5.317
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has given an order that an account operated by former first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, be frozen on the ground that it contains suspected proceeds of crime. The account, domiciled with Skye Bank plc, has a balance of $5,316.66.

Also affected by the order are five companies and one Esther Oba. The companies collectively have balances totaling N7,418,829,290.94 (seven billion four hundred and eighteen million eight hundred and twenty nine thousand two hundred and ninety naira ninety four kobo) in six commercial banks, while Esther Obafo has a balance of $429,381.87. 


The court order was sequel to a further affidavit in support of Ex-parte originating summons sworn to by Mr. Abdulahi Tukur, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and filed before the court by EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo.     Mr. Tukur averred that there is an urgent need for the court to direct the managers of the bank accounts contained in the schedule filed with the summons (FHC/L/CS/1343/16) to, in the interim, forfeit the money in the accounts, to prevent further tampering with such. 

The five companies affected are Finchley Top Homes Limited, Aribawa Aruera, Magel Resort Limited, AM -PM Global Network Limited Pansy Oil and Gas Limited. 

Finchley Top Homes Limited is alleged to have fraudulently open account number 1102001996 domiciled with Ecobank Plc and has a current balance of N226,376,700.23 and a fixed deposit with a balance of N1,099,511,484.88.

The company also fraudulently opened other accounts These are account 1771731336, domiciled with Skye Bank and with a current balance of N14,173,848.85; Fidelity Bank account 4011019539  with a current balance of N1,800,494,000; Stanbic Bank account 0016901361 with a current balance of N40,594,12.88; and Diamond Bank account 0019213687 with a current balance of N39,418,712.12.

 Aribawa Aruera Reachout Foundation opened account number 1222014221 with Ecobank and has a closing balance of N479,893,431.01, while Magel Resort Limited accounts (4011019546/5250059782) with Fidelity Bank has a subsisting balance of N1,000,494,000.

The company also operates two other accounts (1011744356) in Zenith Bank, which has a balance of N858,923,982, and 0024351590 with Diamond Bank and has a balance of N174,166,207.00.

AM-PM Global Network Limited opened account number 0026718889 at Diamond Bank and has a balance of N7,213,303.50.

The account opened by Pansy Oil and Gas Limited at Fidelity Bank (4011019577) has a current balance of N1,809,666,494.68, while that at Diamond Bank (0026838491) has a balance of N55,930,024.50.

Esther Oba was found to have opened account number 0019213689 with Diamond Bank and has a current balance of $429,381.87. 

All the monies are suspected to be proceeds of crime. 

Upon the receipt of an intelligence report, the EFCC said it carried out analyses, which showed that the accounts merited being investigated. As such, Mr.  Tukur averred that it would serve the course of justice to grant the application for such. 

The presiding judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, while granting the order freezing the accounts listed, ordered the anti-graft agency to file an undertaking in relation to damages payable by it if it turns out that the order should not have been made.
Court FREEZES Patience Jonathan's Multiple Accounts of N7.4b, $5.317
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has given an order that an account operated by former first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, be frozen on the ground that it contains suspected proceeds of crime. The account, domiciled with Skye Bank plc, has a balance of $5,316.66.

Also affected by the order are five companies and one Esther Oba. The companies collectively have balances totaling N7,418,829,290.94 (seven billion four hundred and eighteen million eight hundred and twenty nine thousand two hundred and ninety naira ninety four kobo) in six commercial banks, while Esther Obafo has a balance of $429,381.87. 


The court order was sequel to a further affidavit in support of Ex-parte originating summons sworn to by Mr. Abdulahi Tukur, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and filed before the court by EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo.     Mr. Tukur averred that there is an urgent need for the court to direct the managers of the bank accounts contained in the schedule filed with the summons (FHC/L/CS/1343/16) to, in the interim, forfeit the money in the accounts, to prevent further tampering with such. 

The five companies affected are Finchley Top Homes Limited, Aribawa Aruera, Magel Resort Limited, AM -PM Global Network Limited Pansy Oil and Gas Limited. 

Finchley Top Homes Limited is alleged to have fraudulently open account number 1102001996 domiciled with Ecobank Plc and has a current balance of N226,376,700.23 and a fixed deposit with a balance of N1,099,511,484.88.

The company also fraudulently opened other accounts These are account 1771731336, domiciled with Skye Bank and with a current balance of N14,173,848.85; Fidelity Bank account 4011019539  with a current balance of N1,800,494,000; Stanbic Bank account 0016901361 with a current balance of N40,594,12.88; and Diamond Bank account 0019213687 with a current balance of N39,418,712.12.

 Aribawa Aruera Reachout Foundation opened account number 1222014221 with Ecobank and has a closing balance of N479,893,431.01, while Magel Resort Limited accounts (4011019546/5250059782) with Fidelity Bank has a subsisting balance of N1,000,494,000.

The company also operates two other accounts (1011744356) in Zenith Bank, which has a balance of N858,923,982, and 0024351590 with Diamond Bank and has a balance of N174,166,207.00.

AM-PM Global Network Limited opened account number 0026718889 at Diamond Bank and has a balance of N7,213,303.50.

The account opened by Pansy Oil and Gas Limited at Fidelity Bank (4011019577) has a current balance of N1,809,666,494.68, while that at Diamond Bank (0026838491) has a balance of N55,930,024.50.

Esther Oba was found to have opened account number 0019213689 with Diamond Bank and has a current balance of $429,381.87. 

All the monies are suspected to be proceeds of crime. 

Upon the receipt of an intelligence report, the EFCC said it carried out analyses, which showed that the accounts merited being investigated. As such, Mr.  Tukur averred that it would serve the course of justice to grant the application for such. 

The presiding judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, while granting the order freezing the accounts listed, ordered the anti-graft agency to file an undertaking in relation to damages payable by it if it turns out that the order should not have been made.

SHOCKER: 12 Exotic Properties SEIZED From Ex-Minister Mohammed, Son; How He Fronted Patience Jonathan's Many Frauds REVEALED

SHOCKER: 12 Exotic Properties SEIZED From Ex-Minister Mohammed, Son; How He Fronted Patience Jonathan's Many Frauds REVEALED

Bala Mohammad and Patience Jonathan
Punch Newspaper - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized at least 12 properties from a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, and his son, Shamsudeen Bala, The PUNCH can confirm.

It was learnt on Tuesday that the seizures were part of investigations into a controversial land swap deal carried out by the minister to the tune of N1tn between 2010 and 2015.

“So far, we have seized about 12 properties from Bala Mohammed and his son, who he used in buying many properties. However, this is just a tip of the iceberg because we found out that there are still a lot of properties to be recovered’’, a source in the EFCC told our correspondent on Tuesday.


“After investigations, we will arraign Bala (ex-minister) before an FCT High Court while his son will be arraigned before a Federal High Court anytime from now, the source added.”

Mohammed, who has been in EFCC custody for over six weeks, is alleged to have entered into some controversial land deals and allegedly gave some landed properties to his cronies for the construction of malls.

The source said, “We have evidence that the ex-minister diverted funds from Internally Generated Revenue. He also gave land arbitrarily to friends without following due process. Some of the land had even been allocated to other people but seized from them unjustly.”

Already, the commission has grilled a former Chairman of Skye Bank, Tunde Ayeni, who was also the Chairman of ASO Savings & Loans Plc over the purchase of the N7.5bn ASO Grove Estate at the Maitama area of Abuja by the bank through the ex-minister.

A detective in the EFCC, while speaking with our correspondent, alleged that the former minister was also a front for Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mohammed became very close to the Jonathan family in 2009 when he called for the adoption of the doctrine of necessity when the then President Umaru Yar’Adua was critically ill and unable to perform his functions as President.

It was through this process that Yar’Adua was declared incapacitated and paved the way for the then Vice-President Jonathan to become the acting President and later President.

As FCT minister, Mohammed revoked the 1.84 hectares of land allocated to Yar’Adua’s wife, which was meant for her organisation, Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation.

The ex-minister then allocated the land to Patience for the construction of African First Ladies’ Peace Mission’s secretariat, stating that the move was in the interest of the public.

An FCT High Court, however, described the land grab as illegal and returned it to Mrs. Yar’Adua.

A source at the EFCC, however, said there was evidence to show that the ex-minister had given other plots of land to Patience in a similar fashion.

“We have evidence to show that Bala Mohammed was a front for Patience Jonathan. He abused his position and used it to allocate land to her as well. Patience has several business interests in Abuja, including a hotel,” a source stated.

Patience has since written a petition to the House of Representatives, accusing the EFCC of harassing her and her associates.

In an interview with journalists in 2015, the ex-minister denied abusing his office, stating that he was loyal to the Jonathan family and was only helping Patience with her African First Ladies’ Peace Mission’s project by providing her with free land.

He had said, “People say all sorts of things about my family: that I have stolen so and so billions; I have given plots of land to the first lady. People are always insinuating that the first lady has so much in the FCT and they are all lies.

“Most people talk this way because they want to see a situation to cause friction; an example is what happened with our support of the First Lady Mission.

“It is an African Union initiative. It is not personal to the first lady, it is a global initiative, but some highly-placed Nigerians were insinuating that we were taking FCT resources to service the first lady. It is not so.”
Bala Mohammad and Patience Jonathan
Punch Newspaper - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized at least 12 properties from a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, and his son, Shamsudeen Bala, The PUNCH can confirm.

It was learnt on Tuesday that the seizures were part of investigations into a controversial land swap deal carried out by the minister to the tune of N1tn between 2010 and 2015.

“So far, we have seized about 12 properties from Bala Mohammed and his son, who he used in buying many properties. However, this is just a tip of the iceberg because we found out that there are still a lot of properties to be recovered’’, a source in the EFCC told our correspondent on Tuesday.


“After investigations, we will arraign Bala (ex-minister) before an FCT High Court while his son will be arraigned before a Federal High Court anytime from now, the source added.”

Mohammed, who has been in EFCC custody for over six weeks, is alleged to have entered into some controversial land deals and allegedly gave some landed properties to his cronies for the construction of malls.

The source said, “We have evidence that the ex-minister diverted funds from Internally Generated Revenue. He also gave land arbitrarily to friends without following due process. Some of the land had even been allocated to other people but seized from them unjustly.”

Already, the commission has grilled a former Chairman of Skye Bank, Tunde Ayeni, who was also the Chairman of ASO Savings & Loans Plc over the purchase of the N7.5bn ASO Grove Estate at the Maitama area of Abuja by the bank through the ex-minister.

A detective in the EFCC, while speaking with our correspondent, alleged that the former minister was also a front for Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mohammed became very close to the Jonathan family in 2009 when he called for the adoption of the doctrine of necessity when the then President Umaru Yar’Adua was critically ill and unable to perform his functions as President.

It was through this process that Yar’Adua was declared incapacitated and paved the way for the then Vice-President Jonathan to become the acting President and later President.

As FCT minister, Mohammed revoked the 1.84 hectares of land allocated to Yar’Adua’s wife, which was meant for her organisation, Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation.

The ex-minister then allocated the land to Patience for the construction of African First Ladies’ Peace Mission’s secretariat, stating that the move was in the interest of the public.

An FCT High Court, however, described the land grab as illegal and returned it to Mrs. Yar’Adua.

A source at the EFCC, however, said there was evidence to show that the ex-minister had given other plots of land to Patience in a similar fashion.

“We have evidence to show that Bala Mohammed was a front for Patience Jonathan. He abused his position and used it to allocate land to her as well. Patience has several business interests in Abuja, including a hotel,” a source stated.

Patience has since written a petition to the House of Representatives, accusing the EFCC of harassing her and her associates.

In an interview with journalists in 2015, the ex-minister denied abusing his office, stating that he was loyal to the Jonathan family and was only helping Patience with her African First Ladies’ Peace Mission’s project by providing her with free land.

He had said, “People say all sorts of things about my family: that I have stolen so and so billions; I have given plots of land to the first lady. People are always insinuating that the first lady has so much in the FCT and they are all lies.

“Most people talk this way because they want to see a situation to cause friction; an example is what happened with our support of the First Lady Mission.

“It is an African Union initiative. It is not personal to the first lady, it is a global initiative, but some highly-placed Nigerians were insinuating that we were taking FCT resources to service the first lady. It is not so.”

More Furore Over Patience's Mysterious $175m In Skye Bank Account

More Furore Over Patience's Mysterious $175m In Skye Bank Account

More Furore Over Patience's Mysterious $175m In Skye Bank Account
The $175,750,000 found in an account liked to the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, but mysterious disappeared from the Skye Bank account has continue to generate more furore among prominent Nigerians.

Calls have gone to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seek the forfeiture of the sum of $175,750,000 allegedly found in an account linked to former first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, The Nation Newspaper reports this morning.

Adding their voices to the call in different interviews yesterday were Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), including the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, Chief Ladi Williams and Chief Gani Adetola-Kazeem, among other respondents.


They all advised the commission to trace the movement of the money after it was initially traced to an account said to belong to a company belonging to the former first lady.

The deposits were said to have been found in the account of Pluto Property and Investment Limited (PPIL), one of the firms allegedly linked to the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife.

PPIL was one of the four companies convicted by Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, Abujà on November 2 for laundering the sum of $15.5 million, which the former First Lady insists belongs to her.

Others are Seagate Property Development & Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited.

Prof Sagay told one of our correspondents yesterday that Mrs Jonathan risked losing the $175m allegedly found in the account of a company linked to her except she was able belongs to her.

He said should the former first lady fail to justify how she acquired the money, it would be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Sagay said the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is empowered to seize any funds suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Sagay said: “It is a straighforward matter. If you found a sum of money like that and somebody claims it but cannot establish how he or she acquired it, even under some of the sections under the ICPC law, the person will forfeit it to the state.

“That has to be applied.

“If she was not able to explain how she was able to earn that money, how she earned it, then she will lose it,” Sagay said.

Chief Williams said the former First Lady owes Nigerians an explanation on how she came about the said money.

Speaking in a telephone interview, Williams said: “The EFCC has to invite her for interrogation. She needs to explain the source of the money and must give satisfactory evidence.

“She must be able to tell us if the money was realised through some services she rendered. And if she claims this, she must be able to provide the audited account.

“If the money was got through some business transactions, she should also be able to explain.

“As a first Lady and former Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa State, she owes the nation an explanation.

On his part, Chief Adetola-Kazeem wondered how the sum of $175 million could have vanished without a trace, urging the EFCC to question the relevant bank’s staff.

He said: “If the money was indeed in the account, there’s no way it could have vanished without a trace. The bank should be able to explain how it was moved.

“It was in an account with the bank. The bank must know how it was moved, who moved it and to whom or where it was moved.

“They can always trace that. When the relevant bank staff are questioned, they should be able to disclose how and to where the money was moved.

“It’s simply a question of tracing.”

The Executive Secretary, Socio Economic and Accountability Project (SERAP), Adetokunbo Mumuni, however, advised the commission to seek an interim court order for the forfeiture of the money.

He said: “If Mrs. Patience Jonathan is contesting ownership of the money, what the EFCC should do is to seek an interim court order of forfeiture pending when the case would end.”

Mumuni expressed doubts on whether the former first lady can rationalise and explain away how she came about such a heavy amount of money when she was not an international businesswoman.

He said the money should not be released to the former first lady.

The SERAP scribe said there are provisions in the EFCC Act laying down the process the commission would have to follow to obtain the forfeiture order.

He said there was need for her to justify the source of the money, failing which she should be made to forfeit it to the federal government.

Ozekhome differs

Another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, however, disagreed with the view that the former first lady should forfeit the said sum.

He said it behooves the state to prove every allegation against any citizen beyond reasonable doubt.

Ozekhome said: “Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution, which they have not yet succeeded in abolishing in spite of their grandstanding, presumes the innocence of a person accused of any criminal offence.

“It is the state or the accuser that should prove a crime beyond reasonable doubt. That is the Anglo-Saxon system of criminal justice which is accusatorial, unlike the French model which is inquisitorial, by which the guilt of an accused person is presumed.

“The suggestion that Mrs Jonathan will forfeit the money if she cannot prove its source is antithetical to democratic norms.

“It is bizarre, and it is illegal to tell a suspect to prove her innocence rather than the state proving that she stole the money.

“That will be turning our criminal justice system upside down. It can never and will never happen in this country, in spite of their wishes.”

IYC, kinsmen defend ex-First Lady

Ijaw youths under the aegis of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide and kinsmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, rose in defence of allegations of corruption levelled against former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

The President of IYC, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, said it would be an aberration to ask Mrs. Jonathan to forfeit the money she earned legitimately by virtue of her position.

Eradiri insisted that the bulk of the money under investigation was given to the ex-first lady as a gift by her well-wishers and friends of her family.

He explained that Patience attracted monetary gifts from people, especially at the time she was sick and almost died.

“We knew when she was seriously sick and she went abroad for treatment.

“People were moved, especially those who loathed the idea of the country losing another First Lady.

“They sympathised with her and donated money to enable her seek the best medical treatment.

“So, it was her goodwill that attracted such money to her. That was when the bulk of the money was given to her as a gift,” he said.

Eradiri further bemoaned attacks on the former first family saying among all the former presidents that ruled the country, only the one that came from the Niger Delta region was subjected to constant harassment.

Eradiri said: “This country has produced many presidents but the only one from the Niger Delta is constantly harassed by the machineries of state, especially the EFCC.

“We want to call on the President to please respect former President Jonathan, at least for the fact that he brought peace to this country, handed over peacefully to him.

“He didn’t go to court. He allowed him to run this country. President Buhari should please focus on leadership and stop vilifying the first family.

“Patience Jonathan is not the first First Lady in this country. A wife to former deputy governor, governor, Vice-President and President, are you expecting her to be a poor woman?

“There are other First Ladies in this country.

“In recent time, a former First Lady was awarded a university license. So, we are using this medium to send a message: leave our first family alone.

“Some people are not happy about Jonathan’s rising profile and they want to destroy it.”

Also the Ogbia clan leader of IYC, Osanya B. Osanya, said the entire Ogbia youths condemned the probe of Jonathan and his immediate family.

“We call on the EFCC and the present administration to tread with caution because the Niger Delta people are losing their patience on this hunting of our leaders.

“We call for equal rights and equity”, he said.

The umbrella body of Jonathan’s kinsmen under the auspices of Ogbia Brotherhood warned the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) against further victimization of Jonathan’s family.

The President of Ogbia Brotherhood, Chief Benson Agadaga, asked the EFCC to leave Jonathan’s family alone, saying the former President and his wife deserved rest.

Agadaga said: “The former first family had been in public service as deputy governor, governor, vice-president and president for a long time. They have served the country for so long. They need rest and time for their children and family matters.
More Furore Over Patience's Mysterious $175m In Skye Bank Account
The $175,750,000 found in an account liked to the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, but mysterious disappeared from the Skye Bank account has continue to generate more furore among prominent Nigerians.

Calls have gone to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seek the forfeiture of the sum of $175,750,000 allegedly found in an account linked to former first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, The Nation Newspaper reports this morning.

Adding their voices to the call in different interviews yesterday were Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), including the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, Chief Ladi Williams and Chief Gani Adetola-Kazeem, among other respondents.


They all advised the commission to trace the movement of the money after it was initially traced to an account said to belong to a company belonging to the former first lady.

The deposits were said to have been found in the account of Pluto Property and Investment Limited (PPIL), one of the firms allegedly linked to the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife.

PPIL was one of the four companies convicted by Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, Abujà on November 2 for laundering the sum of $15.5 million, which the former First Lady insists belongs to her.

Others are Seagate Property Development & Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited.

Prof Sagay told one of our correspondents yesterday that Mrs Jonathan risked losing the $175m allegedly found in the account of a company linked to her except she was able belongs to her.

He said should the former first lady fail to justify how she acquired the money, it would be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Sagay said the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is empowered to seize any funds suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Sagay said: “It is a straighforward matter. If you found a sum of money like that and somebody claims it but cannot establish how he or she acquired it, even under some of the sections under the ICPC law, the person will forfeit it to the state.

“That has to be applied.

“If she was not able to explain how she was able to earn that money, how she earned it, then she will lose it,” Sagay said.

Chief Williams said the former First Lady owes Nigerians an explanation on how she came about the said money.

Speaking in a telephone interview, Williams said: “The EFCC has to invite her for interrogation. She needs to explain the source of the money and must give satisfactory evidence.

“She must be able to tell us if the money was realised through some services she rendered. And if she claims this, she must be able to provide the audited account.

“If the money was got through some business transactions, she should also be able to explain.

“As a first Lady and former Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa State, she owes the nation an explanation.

On his part, Chief Adetola-Kazeem wondered how the sum of $175 million could have vanished without a trace, urging the EFCC to question the relevant bank’s staff.

He said: “If the money was indeed in the account, there’s no way it could have vanished without a trace. The bank should be able to explain how it was moved.

“It was in an account with the bank. The bank must know how it was moved, who moved it and to whom or where it was moved.

“They can always trace that. When the relevant bank staff are questioned, they should be able to disclose how and to where the money was moved.

“It’s simply a question of tracing.”

The Executive Secretary, Socio Economic and Accountability Project (SERAP), Adetokunbo Mumuni, however, advised the commission to seek an interim court order for the forfeiture of the money.

He said: “If Mrs. Patience Jonathan is contesting ownership of the money, what the EFCC should do is to seek an interim court order of forfeiture pending when the case would end.”

Mumuni expressed doubts on whether the former first lady can rationalise and explain away how she came about such a heavy amount of money when she was not an international businesswoman.

He said the money should not be released to the former first lady.

The SERAP scribe said there are provisions in the EFCC Act laying down the process the commission would have to follow to obtain the forfeiture order.

He said there was need for her to justify the source of the money, failing which she should be made to forfeit it to the federal government.

Ozekhome differs

Another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, however, disagreed with the view that the former first lady should forfeit the said sum.

He said it behooves the state to prove every allegation against any citizen beyond reasonable doubt.

Ozekhome said: “Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution, which they have not yet succeeded in abolishing in spite of their grandstanding, presumes the innocence of a person accused of any criminal offence.

“It is the state or the accuser that should prove a crime beyond reasonable doubt. That is the Anglo-Saxon system of criminal justice which is accusatorial, unlike the French model which is inquisitorial, by which the guilt of an accused person is presumed.

“The suggestion that Mrs Jonathan will forfeit the money if she cannot prove its source is antithetical to democratic norms.

“It is bizarre, and it is illegal to tell a suspect to prove her innocence rather than the state proving that she stole the money.

“That will be turning our criminal justice system upside down. It can never and will never happen in this country, in spite of their wishes.”

IYC, kinsmen defend ex-First Lady

Ijaw youths under the aegis of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide and kinsmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, rose in defence of allegations of corruption levelled against former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

The President of IYC, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, said it would be an aberration to ask Mrs. Jonathan to forfeit the money she earned legitimately by virtue of her position.

Eradiri insisted that the bulk of the money under investigation was given to the ex-first lady as a gift by her well-wishers and friends of her family.

He explained that Patience attracted monetary gifts from people, especially at the time she was sick and almost died.

“We knew when she was seriously sick and she went abroad for treatment.

“People were moved, especially those who loathed the idea of the country losing another First Lady.

“They sympathised with her and donated money to enable her seek the best medical treatment.

“So, it was her goodwill that attracted such money to her. That was when the bulk of the money was given to her as a gift,” he said.

Eradiri further bemoaned attacks on the former first family saying among all the former presidents that ruled the country, only the one that came from the Niger Delta region was subjected to constant harassment.

Eradiri said: “This country has produced many presidents but the only one from the Niger Delta is constantly harassed by the machineries of state, especially the EFCC.

“We want to call on the President to please respect former President Jonathan, at least for the fact that he brought peace to this country, handed over peacefully to him.

“He didn’t go to court. He allowed him to run this country. President Buhari should please focus on leadership and stop vilifying the first family.

“Patience Jonathan is not the first First Lady in this country. A wife to former deputy governor, governor, Vice-President and President, are you expecting her to be a poor woman?

“There are other First Ladies in this country.

“In recent time, a former First Lady was awarded a university license. So, we are using this medium to send a message: leave our first family alone.

“Some people are not happy about Jonathan’s rising profile and they want to destroy it.”

Also the Ogbia clan leader of IYC, Osanya B. Osanya, said the entire Ogbia youths condemned the probe of Jonathan and his immediate family.

“We call on the EFCC and the present administration to tread with caution because the Niger Delta people are losing their patience on this hunting of our leaders.

“We call for equal rights and equity”, he said.

The umbrella body of Jonathan’s kinsmen under the auspices of Ogbia Brotherhood warned the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) against further victimization of Jonathan’s family.

The President of Ogbia Brotherhood, Chief Benson Agadaga, asked the EFCC to leave Jonathan’s family alone, saying the former President and his wife deserved rest.

Agadaga said: “The former first family had been in public service as deputy governor, governor, vice-president and president for a long time. They have served the country for so long. They need rest and time for their children and family matters.

SERIOUS GBEGE! Another $175m Found In Patience Jonathan's Account, 2 Aides On The Run As Skye Bank Does The UNTHINKABLE

SERIOUS GBEGE! Another $175m Found In Patience Jonathan's Account, 2 Aides On The Run As Skye Bank Does The UNTHINKABLE

Patience Jonathan
Where is the $175,750,000 deposited in an account linked to former First lady Patience Jonathan?

This is the question the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is battling to answer.

The deposits were found in the account of Pluto Property and Investment Limited, one of the firms linked to  Mrs. Jonathan.

The EFCC has launched a manhunt for two suspects, Toru Wonyeng Ibuomo and Friday Davies, linked to the curious deposits in four tranches  within 14 months — between February 21, 2014 and April 1, 2015.


The anti-graft agency is probing how the cash was withdrawn from the domiciliary account with Skye Bank Plc without any trace of where it was diverted to.

The deposits are different from the $15.5million over which the ex-First Lady sued the EFCC, which placed No Debit Order on four accounts.

But the company is one of the four convicted on November 2 for laundering the $15.5million, which Mrs. Jonathan insists belongs to her.

The companies convicted by Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court are Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited.

Barely two weeks after the conviction of the companies, the EFCC uncovered another $175, 750,000 deposits in the account of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited.

The cash has, however, vanished from the bank.

EFCC detectives discovered that the account was opened on November 30, 2013 by Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited  with number 2110002238.

The company was registered on January 29, 2013 with RC 1092722. The “strange” deposits came within 14 months.

The deposits are:
  • 21/2/2014—$46,500,000
  • 24/2/2014—$31,000,000
  • 31/3/2015—$49,250,000
  • 1/4/ 2015—$49,000,000

“The EFCC is probing how the deposits hit the company’s account  barely two years after it was registered and without executing any major contract. We are suspecting that this is another slush account where government funds were diverted to,” a source close to the investigation told The Nation.

The source said: “All the deposits were in cash, a development which showed that it was a pure case of money laundering.

“On the 21st of February, the account was reported to have recorded a cash deposit of $46,500,000 by the General Manager of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited  , Toru Wonyeng Ibuomo.

“Three days after(24th of February, 2014), another cash deposit of $31,000,000 was made by the same General Manager.

“Friday Davies made a cash deposit of $49,250,000 into the same account. The last tranche of $49,000,000 was deposited by Davies on Apri 1, 2015.”

The source, who pleaded not to be named because of what he described as the “sensitivity” of the probe, claimed that the EFCC was on the trail of Ibuomo and  Davies.

The source added: “We need the two depositors to assist in the ongoing investigation of the payments into the affected account.

“It is more curious when the bank details did not show evidence of withdrawals. Yet the whereabouts of the cash was unknown. We hope it is not a private banking arrangement to hide slush funds.”

The source confirmed that the EFCC would probe the likely roles of the former First Lady in operating the account of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited.

“In a matter before the Federal High Court, the ex-First Lady admitted that one of her domiciliary accounts was bearing Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited.

“We are investigating this $175.750million deposits and the extent of the involvement or relationship of the ex-First Lady with the funds. This is a fresh case; it has nothing to do with the $15.5million frozen by the EFCC.”

In an affidavit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos and deposed to by Sammie Somiari, a lawyer, on behalf of Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the deponent – claimed that the ex-First Lady had been using ATM credit cards of four companies.

Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Development Company Limited and Globus Integrated Service Limited.

The ex-First Lady alleged that the EFCC placed a “No Debit Order” on the four accounts in July in the course of probing Waripamo Dudafa, a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Somiari claimed that Dudafa helped Mrs Jonathan to open the four accounts which the EFCC froze.

Somiari added “that Mrs Jonathan complained about this to Honourable Dudafa, who at her prompting and instance promised to effect the change of the said accounts to the applicant’s name; and to effect this change, Honourable Dudafa brought the said bank manager, Mr. Dipo Oshodi, who claimed to have effected the changes. This was about April 2014.

“The bank official, Mr. Dipo Oshodi, as it would appear, did not effect or reflect the instruction of the applicant to change the said accounts to her name(s) despite repeated requests.

”However, since 2010 up until 2014 and thereafter, Mrs Jonathan had been using the cards on the said accounts and operating the said accounts without let or hindrance. Even in May, June and July 2016, the former First Lady travelled overseas for medical treatment and was using the said credit cards abroad up until July 7, 2016 or thereabouts when the cards stopped functioning.”

In the suit, Mrs. Jonathan urged the court to compel the EFCC to immediately vacate the “No Debit Order” placed on her accounts.

On November 2,  Justice Babs Kuewumi convicted the four companies of laundering the $15.5m.

The companies had on September 15, 2016 pleaded guilty to laundering the money when they were arraigned by the EFCC along with Dudafa, a lawyer, Amajuoyi Briggs; and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku.

But Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku pleaded not guilty.

Source: The Nation

Patience Jonathan
Where is the $175,750,000 deposited in an account linked to former First lady Patience Jonathan?

This is the question the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is battling to answer.

The deposits were found in the account of Pluto Property and Investment Limited, one of the firms linked to  Mrs. Jonathan.

The EFCC has launched a manhunt for two suspects, Toru Wonyeng Ibuomo and Friday Davies, linked to the curious deposits in four tranches  within 14 months — between February 21, 2014 and April 1, 2015.


The anti-graft agency is probing how the cash was withdrawn from the domiciliary account with Skye Bank Plc without any trace of where it was diverted to.

The deposits are different from the $15.5million over which the ex-First Lady sued the EFCC, which placed No Debit Order on four accounts.

But the company is one of the four convicted on November 2 for laundering the $15.5million, which Mrs. Jonathan insists belongs to her.

The companies convicted by Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court are Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited.

Barely two weeks after the conviction of the companies, the EFCC uncovered another $175, 750,000 deposits in the account of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited.

The cash has, however, vanished from the bank.

EFCC detectives discovered that the account was opened on November 30, 2013 by Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited  with number 2110002238.

The company was registered on January 29, 2013 with RC 1092722. The “strange” deposits came within 14 months.

The deposits are:
  • 21/2/2014—$46,500,000
  • 24/2/2014—$31,000,000
  • 31/3/2015—$49,250,000
  • 1/4/ 2015—$49,000,000

“The EFCC is probing how the deposits hit the company’s account  barely two years after it was registered and without executing any major contract. We are suspecting that this is another slush account where government funds were diverted to,” a source close to the investigation told The Nation.

The source said: “All the deposits were in cash, a development which showed that it was a pure case of money laundering.

“On the 21st of February, the account was reported to have recorded a cash deposit of $46,500,000 by the General Manager of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited  , Toru Wonyeng Ibuomo.

“Three days after(24th of February, 2014), another cash deposit of $31,000,000 was made by the same General Manager.

“Friday Davies made a cash deposit of $49,250,000 into the same account. The last tranche of $49,000,000 was deposited by Davies on Apri 1, 2015.”

The source, who pleaded not to be named because of what he described as the “sensitivity” of the probe, claimed that the EFCC was on the trail of Ibuomo and  Davies.

The source added: “We need the two depositors to assist in the ongoing investigation of the payments into the affected account.

“It is more curious when the bank details did not show evidence of withdrawals. Yet the whereabouts of the cash was unknown. We hope it is not a private banking arrangement to hide slush funds.”

The source confirmed that the EFCC would probe the likely roles of the former First Lady in operating the account of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited.

“In a matter before the Federal High Court, the ex-First Lady admitted that one of her domiciliary accounts was bearing Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited.

“We are investigating this $175.750million deposits and the extent of the involvement or relationship of the ex-First Lady with the funds. This is a fresh case; it has nothing to do with the $15.5million frozen by the EFCC.”

In an affidavit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos and deposed to by Sammie Somiari, a lawyer, on behalf of Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the deponent – claimed that the ex-First Lady had been using ATM credit cards of four companies.

Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Development Company Limited and Globus Integrated Service Limited.

The ex-First Lady alleged that the EFCC placed a “No Debit Order” on the four accounts in July in the course of probing Waripamo Dudafa, a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Somiari claimed that Dudafa helped Mrs Jonathan to open the four accounts which the EFCC froze.

Somiari added “that Mrs Jonathan complained about this to Honourable Dudafa, who at her prompting and instance promised to effect the change of the said accounts to the applicant’s name; and to effect this change, Honourable Dudafa brought the said bank manager, Mr. Dipo Oshodi, who claimed to have effected the changes. This was about April 2014.

“The bank official, Mr. Dipo Oshodi, as it would appear, did not effect or reflect the instruction of the applicant to change the said accounts to her name(s) despite repeated requests.

”However, since 2010 up until 2014 and thereafter, Mrs Jonathan had been using the cards on the said accounts and operating the said accounts without let or hindrance. Even in May, June and July 2016, the former First Lady travelled overseas for medical treatment and was using the said credit cards abroad up until July 7, 2016 or thereabouts when the cards stopped functioning.”

In the suit, Mrs. Jonathan urged the court to compel the EFCC to immediately vacate the “No Debit Order” placed on her accounts.

On November 2,  Justice Babs Kuewumi convicted the four companies of laundering the $15.5m.

The companies had on September 15, 2016 pleaded guilty to laundering the money when they were arraigned by the EFCC along with Dudafa, a lawyer, Amajuoyi Briggs; and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku.

But Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku pleaded not guilty.

Source: The Nation

EXPOSED, Female Billionaire Oil Magnate, Bola Shagaya Who Helps Patience Jonathan Steals Oil Money, Account Frozen

EXPOSED, Female Billionaire Oil Magnate, Bola Shagaya Who Helps Patience Jonathan Steals Oil Money, Account Frozen

Bola Shagaya and Patience Jonathan
Punch Newspaper - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen a bank account belonging to Mrs. Bola Shagaya, a businesswoman which Forbes Magazine described as one of the wealthiest in Africa.

It was learnt that Shagaya, who is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bolmus Group International – a diversified Nigerian conglomerate with interests in oil, real estate, banking, communications and photography – had become a subject of investigation due to her links to Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Sources within the EFCC told SUNDAY PUNCH that Shagaya’s account with Unity Bank with a balance of N500m was frozen.

The business tycoon, who is also the Managing Director of Practoil Limited, one of the largest importers and distributors of base oil in Nigeria, was said to have made suspicious payments into bank accounts belonging to Patience, who has been under EFCC investigation for about six months.

A source at the EFCC said, “When we were investigating Patience and looking into her accounts, we discovered that Bola Shagaya had been making huge and regular payments into her (Patience’s) bank account.

“We then discovered that the monies were kickbacks. The Ministry of Trade and Investment gave suspicious commission to Shagaya’s company on every crude oil sent abroad. The commission was put in an account for Bola Shagaya. The money will then go to Patience’s account. So we started investigating her.

“We were able to trace the N500m to her account at Unity Bank. So, we placed a ‘No Debit Order’ on the account.”

The source said when Shagaya realised that her account had been frozen, she rushed down to the bank and tried to use her position as a board member of the bank to lift the restriction.

The detective added, “When she heard about the restriction, she ran down to the bank to stop the order from being carried out. We then called the bank to let them know that doing such would amount to a criminal conspiracy. At that point, she had no choice.”

When contacted on Saturday night, Shagaya said, “Please, don’t call this number. I am sleeping. Write anything you want to write.”

The Head of Corporate Communications, Unity Bank, Matthew Obiazikwor, could not be reached for comments as his phone line was switched off and a text message sent to him had not been responded to as of the time of filing this report.

Patience attempts to withdraw $5m from froze

Bola Shagaya and Patience Jonathan
Punch Newspaper - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen a bank account belonging to Mrs. Bola Shagaya, a businesswoman which Forbes Magazine described as one of the wealthiest in Africa.

It was learnt that Shagaya, who is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bolmus Group International – a diversified Nigerian conglomerate with interests in oil, real estate, banking, communications and photography – had become a subject of investigation due to her links to Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Sources within the EFCC told SUNDAY PUNCH that Shagaya’s account with Unity Bank with a balance of N500m was frozen.

The business tycoon, who is also the Managing Director of Practoil Limited, one of the largest importers and distributors of base oil in Nigeria, was said to have made suspicious payments into bank accounts belonging to Patience, who has been under EFCC investigation for about six months.

A source at the EFCC said, “When we were investigating Patience and looking into her accounts, we discovered that Bola Shagaya had been making huge and regular payments into her (Patience’s) bank account.

“We then discovered that the monies were kickbacks. The Ministry of Trade and Investment gave suspicious commission to Shagaya’s company on every crude oil sent abroad. The commission was put in an account for Bola Shagaya. The money will then go to Patience’s account. So we started investigating her.

“We were able to trace the N500m to her account at Unity Bank. So, we placed a ‘No Debit Order’ on the account.”

The source said when Shagaya realised that her account had been frozen, she rushed down to the bank and tried to use her position as a board member of the bank to lift the restriction.

The detective added, “When she heard about the restriction, she ran down to the bank to stop the order from being carried out. We then called the bank to let them know that doing such would amount to a criminal conspiracy. At that point, she had no choice.”

When contacted on Saturday night, Shagaya said, “Please, don’t call this number. I am sleeping. Write anything you want to write.”

The Head of Corporate Communications, Unity Bank, Matthew Obiazikwor, could not be reached for comments as his phone line was switched off and a text message sent to him had not been responded to as of the time of filing this report.

Patience attempts to withdraw $5m from froze

$15.5m: Patience Jonathan Nears Prison As 4 Companies-In-Crime Convicted

$15.5m: Patience Jonathan Nears Prison As 4 Companies-In-Crime Convicted

Patience Jonathan
Following their guilty plea over $15.5 million dollars they helped the former Nigerian first lady, Patience Jonathan laundered, a Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday convicted four companies of laundering $15.5m kept in their accounts with Skye Bank, a report according to Punch Newspaper says

The companies – Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited – are linked with a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had in August frozen the accounts of the four companies and seized the $15m in the course of probing Dudafa for money laundering.


But the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, had sued the EFCC and Skye Bank, claiming ownership of the $15.5m.

On Wednesday, Justice Babs Kuewumi convicted the four companies of laundering the $15.5m.

The companies had on September 15, 2016 pleaded guilty to laundering the money when they were arraigned by the EFCC along with Dudafa, a lawyer, Amajuoyi Briggs; and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku.

But Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku pleaded not guilty.

Based on the guilty plea of the companies, the EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, reviewed the facts of the case and told the court how the companies laundered the money.

Oyedepo told the judge that the money was stolen from the State House, Abuja.

He said, “The EFCC received an intelligence report showing vividly that the fourth to seventh defendants retained proceeds of crime. Our investigations showed that Festus Iyoha admitted receiving the funds from the first defendant (Dudafa). Iyoha is a domestic staff at the State House.

“He admitted that funds credited into the accounts were given to him from the State House.”

Oyedepo said Iyoha paid $3,096,377.38 into Pluto’s account; $3,410,534.71 into Seagate’s account; $3,765,711.87 into Trans Oceans’ account; and $250,000 into Avalon Global’s accout.

He said the accounts of the companies were domiciled in Skye Bank.

Justice Kuewumi admitted the accounts statements in evidence. He also admitted their mandate cards, certificates of incorporation and statements made to the EFCC by the companies’ representatives.

While convicting the companies of money laundering, the judge said he was satisfied that the EFCC had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.


Patience Jonathan
Following their guilty plea over $15.5 million dollars they helped the former Nigerian first lady, Patience Jonathan laundered, a Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday convicted four companies of laundering $15.5m kept in their accounts with Skye Bank, a report according to Punch Newspaper says

The companies – Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited – are linked with a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had in August frozen the accounts of the four companies and seized the $15m in the course of probing Dudafa for money laundering.


But the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, had sued the EFCC and Skye Bank, claiming ownership of the $15.5m.

On Wednesday, Justice Babs Kuewumi convicted the four companies of laundering the $15.5m.

The companies had on September 15, 2016 pleaded guilty to laundering the money when they were arraigned by the EFCC along with Dudafa, a lawyer, Amajuoyi Briggs; and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku.

But Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku pleaded not guilty.

Based on the guilty plea of the companies, the EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, reviewed the facts of the case and told the court how the companies laundered the money.

Oyedepo told the judge that the money was stolen from the State House, Abuja.

He said, “The EFCC received an intelligence report showing vividly that the fourth to seventh defendants retained proceeds of crime. Our investigations showed that Festus Iyoha admitted receiving the funds from the first defendant (Dudafa). Iyoha is a domestic staff at the State House.

“He admitted that funds credited into the accounts were given to him from the State House.”

Oyedepo said Iyoha paid $3,096,377.38 into Pluto’s account; $3,410,534.71 into Seagate’s account; $3,765,711.87 into Trans Oceans’ account; and $250,000 into Avalon Global’s accout.

He said the accounts of the companies were domiciled in Skye Bank.

Justice Kuewumi admitted the accounts statements in evidence. He also admitted their mandate cards, certificates of incorporation and statements made to the EFCC by the companies’ representatives.

While convicting the companies of money laundering, the judge said he was satisfied that the EFCC had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.


Jonathan’s Wrong Parroting, In Wrong Climes, By Okanga Agila

Jonathan’s Wrong Parroting, In Wrong Climes, By Okanga Agila

goodluck jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan seems to have broken his long silence since eviction from Aso Rock Villa last year. He has been quiet,watching in utter surprise the demystification and unveiling of the plague of his six-year reign of Nigeria’s ruination in all sectors by the APC- led government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Had the former President been silent to his grave, after supervising the castration of Nigeria,his beloved country,which he now claims unfounded love,he would have easily passed as a nice gentleman cum African leader whose silence is really golden.


But Jonathan is not contented that his wife and Nigeria’s former imperial first Lady, Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan has not assaulted and insulted the sensibilities of Nigerians enough; so he must add to it.

His wife shocked Nigerians by admitting the millions of idle US Dollars found in bank accounts linked to her in 2016 were meant for her foreign medical treatment in 2013.Only a fool would think Jonathan is prodded by his wife to suddenly become chatty.

That former President Jonathan,as a sitting President meekly conceded defeat to his opposition winner of the 2015 presidential polls, President Buhari without protestations was not a preconceived decision.It was a circumstantial act ennobled by World Leaders and leaders of Foreign Election Observer Missions who pressured him to accept defeat.

His original intention was to scuttle full announcement of the Presidential election results,as his principal agent and former Minister for Niger Delta Affairs,Godsday Orubebe hinted by his actions in full glare of blistering media cameras.

But today and out of office,Jonathan speaks to the world or the international community, which is privy to this information haughtily as a mark of his political maturity and rare gesture to deepen democracy.

In January 2016,when Jonathan received the Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference Award in Atlanta,USA, he proudly alluded to this act as his demonstration “….through action that nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian.”

Months later,in June 6, 2016,in a speech at the Bloomberg Studios in London,Jonathan re-echoed the same feeling more pungently;
“Some may think it is ironic that perhaps my proudest achievement was not winning the 2015 Presidential Election.”

From this standpoint of self-glorification, Jonathan is unashamedly attempting to recast a fresh narrative of the success of his administration, which Nigerians did not feel or experienced.

Again,in October 2016 Ex-President Jonathan delivered a speech on the promotion of youth entrepreneurship in Africa at Oxford Union. He dubiously seized the audience to trumpet his initiation of youth empowerment schemes, which in reality existed only in shadows and at best,served as conduit pipes for siphoning public funds by his trusted acolytes.

Away from the confines of office,Jonathan believes a nation’s citizenry,particularly,the youth can only create wealth if properly educated, “… because the richest people today are those who develop ideas and commercialize them. Viable ideas can only come from educated minds,and money pursues ideas.”

But Jonathan was one Nigerian leader who hated funding and promotion of education as President.United Nations has stipulated a devotion of 26 percent of annual budgets of developing countries to education.But under the ignominious Jonathan administration,education ministry would always peg the least in budgetary allocation.

Indeed,it is under his presidency that ASUU embarked on one of the longest strikes in the country's history,lasting for six months,over the implementation of the FGN/ASUU agreement of 2009.His late boss, President Umaru Yar’Adua initiated it and he inherited.

So,what was the wisdom in establishing the politically distributed 12 fresh conventional universities when it was clear from the grumbling of ASUU that existing ones could not be properly funded and lacked qualified teaching staff?

Former President Jonathan spoke about schemes he initiated to get youth busy and gainfully employed. Citing examples,he mentioned Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria “YouWIN; ”the Youth Employment in Agriculture Program [YEAP] under his Agricultural Transformation Agenda, but conveniently refused to make any reference to the employees of SURE-P, which he refused pay or had their salary fund mortgaged to party bigwigs for his re-election campaigns. There were scores of protests from SURE-P labourers for months of unpaid stipends on assumption of office by President Buhari.

In any case,the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the National Planning Commission’s (NPC) official figures posted astronomical rise in unemployment figures under the infamous Jonathan Presidency.

In a 2011 Performance Monitoring Report on Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies, (MDAs) both the NBS and NPC alerted Nigerians to a frightening unemployment rate thus;
“In 2011, Nigeria’s unemployment rose to 23.9 percent compared with 21.1 percent in 2010.” This was further corroborated in June by the World Bank’s Nigeria Economic Report, which disclosed a worsening unemployment rate from “12% of the working population in 2006 to 24% in 2011.”

And until he was forced out of office,he left the burden for the incoming government.So,unless Jonathan tackled the unemployment crisis in the moon,Nigerians never felt any respite under him and sounding sanctimonious as he did at the Oxford Union only reminds Nigerians of the Immigration recruitment tragedy which caused the death of 19 applicants in stampedes at various centers as 120,000 unemployed youths scrambled for 4,500 vacancies.

In a plain and undisguised falsehood, Jonathan claimed that his administration witnessed “… unprecedented economic growth for Nigeria.”

“Under my watch,Nigeria was projected by CNN Money to be the third fastest growing economy in the world for the year 2015 and rated as the largest economy in Africa and the 23rd in the world by the World Bank and the IMF,with a GDP above half a Trillion US dollars,” he intoned. 
But in practical terms what beneficial memories has the hoopla about Nigeria being the largest economy in Africa brought to Nigerians? Nothing positive! The Jonathan government left months of unpaid salaries even to federal workers and government could not pay local contractors debts which piled over a trillion naira despite the “unprecedented economic growth?”

With no intention to malign,but to say the least,Jonathan wasted his breathe and energy speaking to the wrong audience,as they heard, but never believed him. So,he was unnecessarily mouthy and in the wrong place.Sometimes, silence is more golden, as nothing in his speech strikes like a philosophical statement from a leader.

Okanga writes from Agila, Benue State.

goodluck jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan seems to have broken his long silence since eviction from Aso Rock Villa last year. He has been quiet,watching in utter surprise the demystification and unveiling of the plague of his six-year reign of Nigeria’s ruination in all sectors by the APC- led government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Had the former President been silent to his grave, after supervising the castration of Nigeria,his beloved country,which he now claims unfounded love,he would have easily passed as a nice gentleman cum African leader whose silence is really golden.


But Jonathan is not contented that his wife and Nigeria’s former imperial first Lady, Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan has not assaulted and insulted the sensibilities of Nigerians enough; so he must add to it.

His wife shocked Nigerians by admitting the millions of idle US Dollars found in bank accounts linked to her in 2016 were meant for her foreign medical treatment in 2013.Only a fool would think Jonathan is prodded by his wife to suddenly become chatty.

That former President Jonathan,as a sitting President meekly conceded defeat to his opposition winner of the 2015 presidential polls, President Buhari without protestations was not a preconceived decision.It was a circumstantial act ennobled by World Leaders and leaders of Foreign Election Observer Missions who pressured him to accept defeat.

His original intention was to scuttle full announcement of the Presidential election results,as his principal agent and former Minister for Niger Delta Affairs,Godsday Orubebe hinted by his actions in full glare of blistering media cameras.

But today and out of office,Jonathan speaks to the world or the international community, which is privy to this information haughtily as a mark of his political maturity and rare gesture to deepen democracy.

In January 2016,when Jonathan received the Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference Award in Atlanta,USA, he proudly alluded to this act as his demonstration “….through action that nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian.”

Months later,in June 6, 2016,in a speech at the Bloomberg Studios in London,Jonathan re-echoed the same feeling more pungently;
“Some may think it is ironic that perhaps my proudest achievement was not winning the 2015 Presidential Election.”

From this standpoint of self-glorification, Jonathan is unashamedly attempting to recast a fresh narrative of the success of his administration, which Nigerians did not feel or experienced.

Again,in October 2016 Ex-President Jonathan delivered a speech on the promotion of youth entrepreneurship in Africa at Oxford Union. He dubiously seized the audience to trumpet his initiation of youth empowerment schemes, which in reality existed only in shadows and at best,served as conduit pipes for siphoning public funds by his trusted acolytes.

Away from the confines of office,Jonathan believes a nation’s citizenry,particularly,the youth can only create wealth if properly educated, “… because the richest people today are those who develop ideas and commercialize them. Viable ideas can only come from educated minds,and money pursues ideas.”

But Jonathan was one Nigerian leader who hated funding and promotion of education as President.United Nations has stipulated a devotion of 26 percent of annual budgets of developing countries to education.But under the ignominious Jonathan administration,education ministry would always peg the least in budgetary allocation.

Indeed,it is under his presidency that ASUU embarked on one of the longest strikes in the country's history,lasting for six months,over the implementation of the FGN/ASUU agreement of 2009.His late boss, President Umaru Yar’Adua initiated it and he inherited.

So,what was the wisdom in establishing the politically distributed 12 fresh conventional universities when it was clear from the grumbling of ASUU that existing ones could not be properly funded and lacked qualified teaching staff?

Former President Jonathan spoke about schemes he initiated to get youth busy and gainfully employed. Citing examples,he mentioned Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria “YouWIN; ”the Youth Employment in Agriculture Program [YEAP] under his Agricultural Transformation Agenda, but conveniently refused to make any reference to the employees of SURE-P, which he refused pay or had their salary fund mortgaged to party bigwigs for his re-election campaigns. There were scores of protests from SURE-P labourers for months of unpaid stipends on assumption of office by President Buhari.

In any case,the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the National Planning Commission’s (NPC) official figures posted astronomical rise in unemployment figures under the infamous Jonathan Presidency.

In a 2011 Performance Monitoring Report on Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies, (MDAs) both the NBS and NPC alerted Nigerians to a frightening unemployment rate thus;
“In 2011, Nigeria’s unemployment rose to 23.9 percent compared with 21.1 percent in 2010.” This was further corroborated in June by the World Bank’s Nigeria Economic Report, which disclosed a worsening unemployment rate from “12% of the working population in 2006 to 24% in 2011.”

And until he was forced out of office,he left the burden for the incoming government.So,unless Jonathan tackled the unemployment crisis in the moon,Nigerians never felt any respite under him and sounding sanctimonious as he did at the Oxford Union only reminds Nigerians of the Immigration recruitment tragedy which caused the death of 19 applicants in stampedes at various centers as 120,000 unemployed youths scrambled for 4,500 vacancies.

In a plain and undisguised falsehood, Jonathan claimed that his administration witnessed “… unprecedented economic growth for Nigeria.”

“Under my watch,Nigeria was projected by CNN Money to be the third fastest growing economy in the world for the year 2015 and rated as the largest economy in Africa and the 23rd in the world by the World Bank and the IMF,with a GDP above half a Trillion US dollars,” he intoned. 
But in practical terms what beneficial memories has the hoopla about Nigeria being the largest economy in Africa brought to Nigerians? Nothing positive! The Jonathan government left months of unpaid salaries even to federal workers and government could not pay local contractors debts which piled over a trillion naira despite the “unprecedented economic growth?”

With no intention to malign,but to say the least,Jonathan wasted his breathe and energy speaking to the wrong audience,as they heard, but never believed him. So,he was unnecessarily mouthy and in the wrong place.Sometimes, silence is more golden, as nothing in his speech strikes like a philosophical statement from a leader.

Okanga writes from Agila, Benue State.

$15m Loots: Inconsistent Patience Forgot She Claimed It Was Her Late Mother's, Gives Fresh Source Of Fund , Sues SERAP

$15m Loots: Inconsistent Patience Forgot She Claimed It Was Her Late Mother's, Gives Fresh Source Of Fund , Sues SERAP

Patience Jonathaan
The wife of Nigeria former President Patience Jonathan may have forgotten she once claimed earlier through his lawyer that the $15 million found in her questionable accounts was partly an inheritance from his late mother,  Mrs. Fyneface Oba, as she now claimed that the said slush funds were gifts from friends and well-wishers. 


Many lies are often told by liars to cover-up a single lie, a popular saying suggests.


To further display her inconsistent lies about the source of the alleged fraudulent fund, the Wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, has urged a Federal High Court in Lagos to restrain a human rights organization, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, from coercing the Attorney General of the Federation to prosecute her over “unfounded and malicious allegations that she stole $15m,” Punch Newspaper reports this morning.

Patience claimed that the $15m over which SERAP allegedly asked the AGF to prosecute her was a gift she received over the last 15 years from friends and well-wishers.

The Executive Director of SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said in a statement on Thursday that the organisation had been served with court papers in Patience’s suit marked, FHC/L/CS/1349/2016.

According to Mumuni, the suit was filed by members of the Union of Niger Delta Youth Organisation for Equity, Justice and Good Governance on behalf of themselves and Patience.

The plaintiffs sought a court order of interim injunction restraining SERAP from using any judicial process to coerce the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to prosecute Patience for “owning legitimate private property.”

The plaintiffs also urged the court to restrain SERAP from “taking any further steps in further vilification, condemnation and conviction of the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, in all public media.”

In the affidavit filed in support of the suit, the plaintiffs accused SERAP of engaging in a campaign of calumny against Patience.

The plaintiffs averred, “There has been a running battle between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Mrs. Jonathan with respect to the release of her legitimately earned funds, which were deposited in accounts opened in the names of certain companies by one of her husband’s aides without her authorisation.

“The funds in question were legitimate gifts from her friends and well-wishers over the last 15 years which she had been saving in order to utilise to upgrade family businesses and concerns which had been somewhat dormant by reasons of the long period of her husband service as a public officer in Nigeria.

“The gifts were given in small contributions by several persons, some of whom she cannot even now recall over this period of 15 years sometimes in as small a gift as N250,000.

 “In order to preserve the value of these funds, which she did not require for any purpose at the time, she changed them into foreign exchange and kept them as cash for a long period in her home safe in Port Harcourt and Abuja.

“It was when the family home in Otuoke was burnt down by hoodlums under the instigation of political adversaries in 2010 that she began to think about banking these gifts, which had now grown to large sums in the United States dollars.

“In 2010 she therefore summoned one of her husband’s domestic aids, Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, to assist her in opening bank accounts into which the funds could be deposited.

“Unknown to her, the said Dudafa, in a bid to be discreet about the owner of the funds, decided to bank the funds in the names of companies owned by him.

“When she discovered this, she was constrained to continue with the names of the companies when she was advised that it did not make any difference as to the ownership of the funds since the director of the company would appoint her as sole signatory to the accounts in question.”

Patience Jonathaan
The wife of Nigeria former President Patience Jonathan may have forgotten she once claimed earlier through his lawyer that the $15 million found in her questionable accounts was partly an inheritance from his late mother,  Mrs. Fyneface Oba, as she now claimed that the said slush funds were gifts from friends and well-wishers. 


Many lies are often told by liars to cover-up a single lie, a popular saying suggests.


To further display her inconsistent lies about the source of the alleged fraudulent fund, the Wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, has urged a Federal High Court in Lagos to restrain a human rights organization, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, from coercing the Attorney General of the Federation to prosecute her over “unfounded and malicious allegations that she stole $15m,” Punch Newspaper reports this morning.

Patience claimed that the $15m over which SERAP allegedly asked the AGF to prosecute her was a gift she received over the last 15 years from friends and well-wishers.

The Executive Director of SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said in a statement on Thursday that the organisation had been served with court papers in Patience’s suit marked, FHC/L/CS/1349/2016.

According to Mumuni, the suit was filed by members of the Union of Niger Delta Youth Organisation for Equity, Justice and Good Governance on behalf of themselves and Patience.

The plaintiffs sought a court order of interim injunction restraining SERAP from using any judicial process to coerce the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to prosecute Patience for “owning legitimate private property.”

The plaintiffs also urged the court to restrain SERAP from “taking any further steps in further vilification, condemnation and conviction of the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, in all public media.”

In the affidavit filed in support of the suit, the plaintiffs accused SERAP of engaging in a campaign of calumny against Patience.

The plaintiffs averred, “There has been a running battle between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Mrs. Jonathan with respect to the release of her legitimately earned funds, which were deposited in accounts opened in the names of certain companies by one of her husband’s aides without her authorisation.

“The funds in question were legitimate gifts from her friends and well-wishers over the last 15 years which she had been saving in order to utilise to upgrade family businesses and concerns which had been somewhat dormant by reasons of the long period of her husband service as a public officer in Nigeria.

“The gifts were given in small contributions by several persons, some of whom she cannot even now recall over this period of 15 years sometimes in as small a gift as N250,000.

 “In order to preserve the value of these funds, which she did not require for any purpose at the time, she changed them into foreign exchange and kept them as cash for a long period in her home safe in Port Harcourt and Abuja.

“It was when the family home in Otuoke was burnt down by hoodlums under the instigation of political adversaries in 2010 that she began to think about banking these gifts, which had now grown to large sums in the United States dollars.

“In 2010 she therefore summoned one of her husband’s domestic aids, Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa, to assist her in opening bank accounts into which the funds could be deposited.

“Unknown to her, the said Dudafa, in a bid to be discreet about the owner of the funds, decided to bank the funds in the names of companies owned by him.

“When she discovered this, she was constrained to continue with the names of the companies when she was advised that it did not make any difference as to the ownership of the funds since the director of the company would appoint her as sole signatory to the accounts in question.”

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