September 22, 2016 by Levi Dominic
Patience Jonathan’s personal account, titled ‘Patience Ibifaka Jonathan’, which is domiciled in Skye Bank Plc with a balance of $5million has been frozen by the EFCC.
According to a report by Punch Newspapers, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission froze the account as a result of the prima facie case established against the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife.
Following claims that she owns the four companies’ accounts in Skye Bank with a balance of $15,591,700, the anti-graft body reportedly said it had been able to establish that the monies were proceeds of crime, hence the need to freeze her personal account.
“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 crime,” a source in EFCC reportedly divulged.
Continuing, the source said, “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.”
The new development is coming after wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan had written to the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu and her lawyers had threatened to sue the agency to the tune of several millions of Naira.
Earlier in the week, Mrs Jonathan had also sued Skye Bank for N200m, accusing the bank of freezing her accounts unjustly.