News Update on Patience Jonathan’s $15m Saga. Read EFCC Shocking Decision
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it is going to court to document an application looking for the aggregate relinquishment of $15,591,700, belonging to previous First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.
The cash is at present held up in the Skye Bank record of these four organizations: Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited.
The EFCC had frozen the four accounts, which were connected to a previous Special Adviser to the President on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa.
Nonetheless, , Jonathan’s wife had guaranteed in a sworn affirmation that the cash in the four records had a place with her despite the fact that there is no paper proof to build up a connection amongst her and the organizations.
She likewise asked the court to propel the EFCC to lift the limitation on the records.
The EFCC had summoned the four organizations on Thursday and the companies pleaded guilty to money laundering charges.
Punch cited a senior EFCC official as saying that the commission would subsequently apply for the total forfeiture of the funds.
“The four companies, in whose accounts the monies were lodged, have pleaded guilty to money laundering. We are therefore filing an application, seeking the complete and total forfeiture of the money to the Federal Government.
“The $15,591,700 should go (be deposited in) into the Treasury Single Account of the Federal Government of Nigeria,” Punch quoted the EFCC source as saying.
On Thursday, the four accused organizations pleaded guilty to conspiring with Dudafa; a lawyer, Amajuoyi Briggs; and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku, to launder the sum of $15, 591,700 on or about November 13, 2013.
The EFCC, while arraigning the seven accused persons before a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, admitted to the court that the $15.6m were proceeds of theft.
Despite the fact that Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku pleaded not guilty to the amended 15 counts pressed against them by the EFCC, the four companies, charged along with them, owned up to committing the offence.
The guilty plea was entered on behalf of Pluto, Seagate, Trans Ocean and Avalon by one Friday Davies, Agbo Baro, Bioghowri Frederick and Taiwo Ebenezer, respectively.
The EFCC had since frozen the $15.6m found in the four organizations’ accounts with Skye Bank Plc by submitting a ‘No Debit Order’ on the four accounts.
However, Patience had filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit against the EFCC and the bank, guaranteeing that the money, which the EFCC said were proceeds of theft, belonged to her.
Patience is likewise seeking damages against Skye Bank in the sum of N200m for what she termed a violation of her right to own personal property under Section 44 of the 1999 Constitution.
However, Patience’s suit against the EFCC and Skye Bank has yet to be heard by any judge.
Be that as it may, the EFCC summoned Dudafa, Briggs, Bolodeoku and the four organizations before Justice Babs Kuewumi on Thursday for money laundering and conspiring to retain proceeds of theft.
The EFCC additionally affirmed that the seven accused persons conspired to forge Skye Bank mandate cards, purporting that they were signed by Friday Davies, Kola Fredrick, Taiwo Ebenezer and Agbo Baro, to prejudice Skye Bank in their bid to launder the $15.6m.
They were additionally blamed for forging a Wema Bank Corporate Account mandate card, purporting that it was signed by Taiwo Ebenezer and Chima John to prejudice Wema Bank.