The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen Patience
Jonathan’s personal account, titled ‘Patience Ibifaka Jonathan’, which
is domiciled in Skye Bank Plc.
Impeccable sources within the agency told Punch on Wednesday that the
move had become necessary due to the prima facie case established
against the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife.
As part of investigations into alleged diversion against a former
Special Adviser to ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs,
Waripamowei Dudafa, the anti-graft agency had frozen four companies’
accounts in Skye Bank with a balance of $15,591,700.
However, before the EFCC could arraign the four companies in court,
Jonathan’s wife deposed to an affidavit, claiming that the money
belonged to her.
Despite Patience’s claims, however, the EFCC arraigned the four
companies –Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate
Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean
Property and Investment Company Limited; and Globus Integrated Service
The companies pleaded guilty and the EFCC had already begun moves to
ensure that the money is forfeited permanently to the Federal
A detective at the EFCC told Punch, “Recall that we had frozen the four
companies’ accounts, which Patience Jonathan later laid claim to. We
have been able to establish that the money was part of proceeds of
“She had no evidence that the money in the four accounts belonged to
her. All she had were platinum debit cards, which she was using to
withdraw money and the cards are not evidence of ownership.
“Initially, we had traced $5m to her personal account, which we did not
touch but I can confirm to you now that the $5m account, bearing
Patience Jonathan’s name, has also been seized since she claimed that
the monies in the company accounts and the one in her personal name all
emanated from the same source.
“We are tracing other accounts belonging to Patience. It will interest
you to know that despite all the letters she has written, she has never
stated where she got the money from. She claimed to be a housewife and
yet she has $20m.”
Patience had recently written a letter to the acting Chairman of the
EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, where she claimed that she needed the money for
her medical treatment abroad.
She had also sued Skye Bank for N200m, accusing the bank of freezing her accounts unjustly.
In a letter written by her lawyers, Granville Abibo (SAN) and Co,
Patience said, “It is noteworthy to emphasise that the said accounts,
which were in US dollar denomination, were card-based accounts and our
client is the sole signatory of these accounts.
“The said bank officials also assured our client that they will change
the account names accordingly and issue to our client new credit cards
for the said accounts which was not done despite repeated demands.
“However, our client has been operating the said accounts using the
cards for her medical bill payments and purchases for her private
purposes without any let or hindrance.
“Our client was therefore surprised when the said cards stopped
functioning on July 7, 2016 or thereabout. Our client immediately
thereupon contacted Skye Bank Plc through our solicitors. It was only
then that the bank officials informed our client that the said accounts
were placed on a ‘No Debit Order’ following investigations and
instructions from your commission and this is without notice to our
client by either the bank or the commission.
“It is in the light of the foregoing that we urge you to use your good
offices to vacate the ‘No Debit/Freezing Order’ placed on the said