Thursday, 12 October 2017

How Patience Jonathan Used Late Mum’s Account To Launder N2.1b – EFCC

Former First Lady Patience Jonathan used her mother’s company to launder about N2.114 billion, according to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission detectives.

Besides, Magel Resort Limited, which was incorporated by Mrs. Jonathan’s late mother, allegedly secured over N200 million IT contract from the National Information Technology Development Agency.

Many people, including an hotelier in Abuja, also remitted funds into the account.

Also uncovered was how some domestic aides of the former First Lady remitted about N5.7 billion into the accounts of three firms linked to Mrs. Jonathan.

As part of the investigation, some Federal Government agencies were found to have remitted funds into the account of Ariwobai Aruera Reach Out Foundation, her NGO, which has N2,475,784,487.77.

Detectives put the cash in the two domiciliary accounts of the ex-First Lady at $20,731,173.

According to sources in EFCC, the major highlights of the latest investigation of Mrs. Jonathan border on the use of her mum’s firm and domestic aides to launder funds.

The sources claimed that the ex-First Lady has a case to answer because of the “curious payments” made into more than five accounts linked to her.

A source, who pleaded not to be named so as not to jeopardise the investigation, said: “This is not a case of witch-hunt or vendetta. We have retrieved records of transactions and those concerned. There is a strong case of abuse of office. “Nigerians should prevail on Mrs. Jonathan to seek equity with clean hands by subjecting herself to legal process. 

How did domestic aides come about billions? Why will a resort company secure an IT contract? How did a furniture firm without a fixed address come about N1.140billion? “As we investigate the ex-First Lady, our detectives dig out more evidence of alleged money laundering by her between 2009 and 2015.” The source gave an insight into the latest findings by detectives on Mrs. Patience Jonathan.

The source added: “A company owned by Mrs. Jonathan is Magel Resort Limited. It was incorporated by Mrs. Jonathan’s late mother. 

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