EFCC assembles team to identify, mark Patience Jonathan’s property

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There are strong indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC was intensifying moves to gather evidence against the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, for a possible prosecution.

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A top operative of the commission said on Friday that the leadership of the commission had initiated a discreet probe of the former First Lady in a bid to assemble evidence against her in the event of her prosecution as a fallout of the commission’s decision to freeze $20m traced to her.

The source said that the commission had assembled a team of detectives saddled with the responsibility of identifying all houses and property belonging to the former First Lady.

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It was stated that the operatives had been instructed from the office of the commission’s chairman to mark such houses and property as part of the preparation for the prosecution of the First Lady.

It was further stated that the operatives were focusing attention on property in Abuja, Yenagoa, Port Harcourt and other cities in the country.

“It would not be correct to conclude that the commission has halted the investigation into the activities of the former First Lady.

“The investigation is progressing and it is being handled by the office of the chairman of the commission.

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“A team of operatives has been assembled to identify all her properties in the country with a focus on Abuja, Port Harcourt and Yenagoa.

“The responsibility of the team is to mark all such properties in preparation for a possible court action.”

The EFCC had traced $5m to the personal account of the former First Lady and frozen the account domiciled in Skye Bank Plc last month.

The commission’s face off with Mrs. Jonathan started when the commission froze the accounts of four companies traced to the Special Adviser to ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa.

The four firms identified as Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company had a total of $15,591,700 in their accounts.

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However, the commission was brought into a face-off with Mrs. Jonathan when she deposed to an affidavit that the money belonged to her.

The former First Lady has since filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Lagos against the commission seeking an order to unfreeze the accounts.

She is also demanding $200m compensation from the commission for alleged violation of her rights.

2 thoughts on “EFCC assembles team to identify, mark Patience Jonathan’s property

  1. Whoever advised her husband to answer to that corruption question in his last outing the way he did has done him in! His answer inflamed passion and reduced the Jonathan's support base! It is good to set example with them and let them be the last to use their office and influence to amass wealth in Nigeria! If that is the way it is, Obama's wife would be owning at least, a third of a state in the USA!

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  2. I like the courage of the acting Chairman of EFCC, Magu. He has taken decision most Nigerians in, if in his shoes would dread to think of.

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