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$31.4m in Frozen Accounts Belongs to Me – Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan Tells Court

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Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan has filed a N200m fundamental rights enforcement suit against Skye Bank Plc., following the freezing of four bank accounts, which she claims the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has used to inconvenience and embarrass her, Channels reports.

In an affidavit filed by her lawyer, Sammie Somiari, she claimed that the EFCC placed a ‘No Debit Order’ on the four accounts in July in the course of probing one Waripamo Dudafa, a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The four accounts, lodged with the bank, are in the name of four companies and are said to have a cumulative balance of $31.4m

The four companies are Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited; and Globus Integrated Service Limited.

The EFCC upon completion of investigations, accused Dudafa and seven others, including the four companies, of conspiring to conceal the monies which the EFCC claimed they ought to have known formed parts of the proceeds of an unlawful act.

In the affidavit however, Sammie Somiari claims that it was Dudafa who helped Patience Jonathan to open the four bank accounts which the EFCC froze.

Somiari said that Dudafa had on March 22, 2010 brought two Skye Bank officers, Demola Bolodeoku and Dipo Oshodi, to meet the former first lady at home to open five accounts.

He said that out of the five accounts opened, only one was done with the former first lady’s name, while the other four were opened in the names of companies belonging to Dudafa.

“That Mrs Jonathan complained about this to Honourable Dudafa, who at her prompting and instance promised to effect the change of the said accounts to the applicant’s name; and to effect this change, Honourable Dudafa brought the said bank manager, Dipo Oshodi, who claimed to have effected the changes. This was about April 2014.

The bank official, Dipo Oshodi, as it would appear did not effect or reflect the instruction of the applicant to change the said accounts to her name(s) despite repeated requests,” Somairi added.

Somairi said that Patience Jonathan, is the sole signatory to all the accounts and the $31.4 million belongs to her.

He also claimed that the bank manager who had promised to change the name on the ATM credit cards bearing the said companies’ names when he brought them to the first lady, never did so.

“However, since 2010 up until 2014 and thereafter, Mrs Jonathan had been using the cards on the said accounts and operating the said accounts without let or hindrance. Even in May, June and July 2016, the former First Lady traveled overseas for medical treatment and was using the said credit cards abroad up until July 7, 2016 or thereabouts when the cards stopped functioning,” Somairi added.

The former first lady, is therefore asking the court to order the EFCC to immediately vacate the ‘No Debit Order’ placed on her accounts.

She also says the action of the EFCC without a court order or prior notice to her is illegal, overbearing and constitutes a breach of her fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 33, 34, 35 & 36 of the 1999 Constitution.

She wants the court to order Skye Bank to pay her damages in the sum of N200m for what she termed a violation of her right to own personal property under Section 44 of the Constitution.

 

52 Comments

  1. justpassinthru

    September 10, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    My God ignorance must be bliss…

    • oga o

      September 10, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      As in!!!! I’m actually embarrassed for her. Does she understand the import of what she’s done? 31.4million dollars? How?!!! Talk about an ignorant confession.

    • FasholasLover

      September 10, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Illiteracy is a disease. Haba Aunti Paypay. You, a first Lady gave an order and some lowly bank official “forgot” to effect your request/order? Just say the accounts were opened in the names of your cronies. Maryam Babangida made money, Stella Obasanjo did. Turai made bastard moolaah even beautician Aisha is making money and you, PayPay left your flanks open? You deserve to lose the money in question. Thing is, by virtue of your former office – this is Nigeria after all, money pours in. I have not said you stole ’cause you were never a govt official and never held office.

      Even, ordinary members of the house, commissioners, SSA, SA, contractors etc tidied up before the elections and you just sat down and went to sleep? Your village people were/are truly after you.

      I am one of your ardent supporters but, I have no stomach for people who FU like this. I hope you are able to explain how you made the money. If not, Buhari, pls. use this money to build a specialist hospital.

    • Marlvina

      September 11, 2016 at 3:50 am

      And she was there on tv screaming “There is God o!”…Sighs! No conscience at all. Nigerians are suffering, people technically living on the streets to survive on averagely N500 per day. And here is someone filing a lawsuit for N200million over her supposed $31.4m. Isn’t that plain wickedness? The love for money is really the root of all EVIL.

  2. Jacko wacko

    September 10, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Mrs patience Ole! Mrs Thief Thief!!

  3. no

    September 10, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Hmmn. When one human being has more money than a country. Nene please come and tell us what Patience did to get 31.4m dollars in how many years. Corruption in high places. Abi this one na Buhari fault too?

  4. Alicia

    September 10, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    You mean this amount of ‘your’ money was in some other persons name and you were comfortable? You people should fear God nau. ‘Mrs Jonathan complained about this…..’ You people should stop this nonsense o. You loot our money and still call us idiots. What sort of story is this? Is this story that is upsetting me now. So you people could not come up with a meaningful story? Nonsense!!!!!

  5. nene

    September 10, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    There is God

  6. Nahum

    September 10, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    We are too bold in this country!! $31.4million!! How? Why? Hmmm, this woman has just totally exposed her husband to Buhari. Na wa o

    • Nahum

      September 10, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Wo BN, abeg decide on which avatar you wan dash me na and stick to it!! It is like two different Nahums.

  7. Mr. Egghead

    September 10, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    I’m sure Mrs. Jonathan would have had the luxury of sound legal advice before doing this.
    This country is an odd place and the law is an ass*

    Pls what is the latest on the trial of Dasuki. Where is he now? I know he wasn’t granted bail. He was among the first to be bitten by the anti-corruption bug

  8. Jo

    September 10, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    “She also says the action of the EFCC without a court order or prior notice to her is illegal, overbearing and constitutes a breach of her fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 33, 34, 35 & 36 of the 1999 Constitution.”

    The accounts were never in her name and she confirmed that so why would she expect prior notice from EFCC? How is the freezing of accounts in the names of other companies a breach of her rights?

  9. Muse

    September 10, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I do not think her legal advisers would be so silly to bring this confession up, but, this is Mama Peace…

  10. nawa

    September 11, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Chai!!!!!!
    See money. . . .
    There is God o. .
    And this is just one that came to limelight.
    Imagine the ones we don’t know yet.
    Hmmmmmm

    • Dee

      September 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      That is ehn… the ones we don’t know about na im dey pain me pass. This is just the teeny weeny tip of the iceberg. Meanwhile millions of Nigerians are struggling, working their heads off to feed their families. No jobs, no decent hospitals, bad roads. These so-called leaders are just heartless.

  11. Bimbo

    September 11, 2016 at 12:09 am

    This woman just shot herself in the foot? What was she thinking???

  12. AceOfSpades

    September 11, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Dasuki is somewhere enjoying right now. He attended a wedding recently sef in Abuja. Sometimes I think Buhari’s anti corruption campaign is truely a witch hunt.

    Mrs Jonathan doesn’t understand law I guess. $31.4 can never be her money even if she has a business. It can be proceeds from her business but saying the money is hers sef sounds fishy!

  13. nwa nna

    September 11, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Can someone please explain to me how a former first lady could have legally earned $31.4 million doing what exactly? So, we can only imagine how much GEJ aka Mr. “I didn’t have shoes growing up” is sitting on!!
    To think that this is just part of her loot, and she having the nerve to come forward claiming the money as hers… Nigeria is indeed a fantastically corrupt country being governed by kleptomaniacs

  14. survivor

    September 11, 2016 at 1:36 am

    some people will still blame buhari for cashing and ezpozing her..

  15. Tilta

    September 11, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Naija is finish!! Since 40years ago…My heart bleed, especially for the poor unwashed masses. One individual is having such illegal amount of money in her account and the say we are broke,huh?!.The so called leaders have no conscience.

  16. Someone Naughty

    September 11, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Dame Patience,

    Your lawyer must hate you.

  17. NoWay

    September 11, 2016 at 3:38 am

    You know the economy is bad when Patience is confessing with style just to get access to “her” money.

  18. lacey

    September 11, 2016 at 4:28 am

    If Buhari cannot probe IBB ‘s 12billion dollars Gulf windfall of 1991,if we do the NPV of that amount it should be trillions of dollars by now! So the Nothern Oligarchy have not returned all the monies that they stole since 1985, Buhari is stealing right now,as he is petroleum minister, and President! why did he only choose only the most lucrative ministerial position for himself! No transparency,no one knows how much is going into the crude account!He is fighting corruption has 11 jets in his fleet,has not sold any one yet!If Folunrunsho Alakija can be named a billionaire from oil wells she got from IBB,as his wife Tailor, then Patience Jonathan has every right to her money in the bank!thismoney is biscuit money compared to all stealings of Otedolas , the Idimis,Atiku, Abdulsalami Abubakar,Adenuga and Adenuga and Dangote whose stock and trade is thriving on killing small businesses ,as he is into every trade! The West and the North are the problem we have in Nigeria, conniving since 1960 to feed of others sweat! The earlier Nigerians call for the heads of these people I called out, then you have a fair playing field,if not need nobody has a case against Pepe!This war that has been looming in Nigeria will be fought finally!Because no one is a sacred cow!

    • Muse

      September 11, 2016 at 6:32 am

      What??? We still harbor this mentality of “because others have stolen large amount, then others have evry right to steal”??. I hope this mentality doesnt apply to stealing ONLY, it should cut across board, including murder and rape.

    • Ty

      September 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Lacey that is why your type will remain poor , continue making excuses for thieves based on they are from my place. The North and West are not the problem but Nigerians like you who will excuse anything as long as it’s done my somoeone from your place. Don’t worry let the small change remain with her while you Mumu of life keeps shouting about recession here forgetting they all contributed to that. Daftest comment ever! Na you be the real Zombie

    • Ty

      September 11, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      @Muse, yes o when next they catch a murderer they must let the person go since others got away with it. Apparently common sense is not common for the Lacey person. With people like that tribe triumphs common sense .

    • nnenne

      September 12, 2016 at 5:02 am

      Fairness and justice feels good mehn!!
      Lacey is on point,
      Hiding your own and throwing others under the bus will not cut it.
      It is not the way to go!.
      No sacred cows!. One rule for ALL Nigerians.

    • Lacey

      September 12, 2016 at 6:28 am

      @Ty I reject it ! Is your generation to the 10th that will remain poor!I am already wealthy with investments all over the world not a broke ass like you!Nonsense your whole generation will be dummies!state your opinion, because anyone that I curse will remain cursed for life! rubbish! I wrote my views, write yours and debate like exposed human beings,as whoever comes with a bad word for me then expect a receive same!rubbish!!!

    • Ngozi

      September 11, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      With the kind of garbage coming out of your mouth I truly worry about the future of Nigeria! The types of Lacey too will say Young people need to rule. Sorry but you are even worse than the old ones Sef because you are not even getting out of it yet saying such rubbish because of sentiments.

      Honestly these days I’m really disappointed in the things I see so called youths saying here. Sad

    • Lacey

      September 12, 2016 at 7:10 am

      @Ngozi or whatever you call yourself!can you guys just read and educate yourself !I currently do not live in Nigeria and in the last 10 years of my life I have been living between the US and Europe!so please guys read and assimilate the context in which anybody is writing,as I am beginning to worry how deep the menace of poverty has destroyed the thought process of the average Nigerian youth! Myself and my family come from a lineage of people who worked hard and by God’s grace achieved heights!I have a lot of Nigerian colleagues who are not even interested whether you guys are dying in abject poverty back in Nigeria!so it is highly disappointing when I read outright stupidity on this blog!I will never support corruption and will only support justice and equity to all!I travel and work hard and I come here to unwind ! So nonentities like you should air your view and politely disagree with whatever someone else has written,instead of displaying your crassness!

    • Ty

      September 11, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      P.S I didn’t know oil was anyone’s sweat? And when Nigeria was eating the “sweat” of the West nko before petrol. Get a brain

  19. Author Unknown

    September 11, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Somebody that should be in jail is still talking.

  20. Marian

    September 11, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Wow!!! Is she from a rich family? They better follow that paper trail. Can she even finish spending all that money? The way these politicians steal you go think say they will be buried with the money and continue spending it in their grave.

  21. madman

    September 11, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Leave Patience alone. Buhari and the Northern elders are currently bleeding Nigeria dry. Leave Patience alone.

    • Wunmi

      September 11, 2016 at 10:25 am

      You are truly a madman??

    • madman

      September 11, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      I bet you’re fat, single and bitter.

    • ...just saying

      September 13, 2016 at 7:48 am

      Ode, @ madman that insult is a stales as Lord Lugard’s breakfast on Oct 1st 1960, when will Nigerian men become more creative when insulting women. SMH!!

  22. #MadeInNaija

    September 11, 2016 at 8:05 am

    To those Nigerians (with Lacey inclusive) who think it is ok to steal/loot because none of the “”corrupt big Ogas'” are yet to be indicted or prosecuted, you are still living in a fool’s paradise. I tell you solemnly that all the looters shall have their day in court and eventually in prison,. Nigeria is so corrupt but I know that some millions of Nigerians are still decent and will not loot public money, Good name is better wealth. The truth be told, I have learnt a lot from GEJ and PMB administration. Let us change our ways/mentality/orientation not because of PMB but because of posterity and the sake of your Children and the next generation. A steady source of income (formal/informal) house, car (two). reasonable savings, shares/stocks, life/health insurance and pension plan is adequate for any household. If you have more than this, you are very rich and you have been called formally to assist in wealth creation & poverty alleviation among Nigerians.

    • Naijatalk

      September 11, 2016 at 8:13 am

      I don’t think Lacey implied it was okay to steal. It’s hard to make a case against Patience or her husband because they will implicate so many. They have dossiers on people with soiled hands. The politics will get dirty, lives maybe lost – thru spiritual and physical means. They will find a way out of this one. That’s my take on this. Watch how this one will go the Dasuki way. Crickets

    • Lacey

      September 12, 2016 at 7:33 am

      Thank you @Naijatalk!its just so sad that critical thinking is hard to find with the current Nigerian youths!they are so shallow!in this whole line of comments it is only you and Nnenne and few others that have demonstrated those skills,that is why a lot of the Nigerian youths are unemployable !The world is moving very fast and Nigeria is saddled with an army of youths who are so preposterous in their thinking!I weep for that country , but I will continue to pray for Nigeria!They have a system where a group of people who are ludicrous of less than 1% holding almost 200m pop in backward thinking. Sad!!!?

  23. #MadeInNaija

    September 11, 2016 at 8:06 am

    To those Nigerians (with Lacey inclusive) who think it is ok to steal/loot because none of the “”corrupt big Ogas’” is yet to be indicted or prosecuted, you are still living in a fool’s paradise. I tell you solemnly that all the looters shall have their day in court and eventually in prison,. Nigeria is so corrupt but I know that some millions of Nigerians are still decent and will not loot public money, Good name is better wealth. The truth be told, I have learnt a lot from GEJ and PMB administration. Let us change our ways/mentality/orientation not because of PMB but because of posterity and the sake of your Children and the next generation. A steady source of income (formal/informal) house, car (two). reasonable savings, shares/stocks, life/health insurance and pension plan is adequate for any household. If you have more than this, you are very rich and you have been called formally to assist in wealth creation & poverty alleviation among Nigerians

  24. Jaco wacko

    September 11, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Mrs patience thief, I personally feel very Sad,embarrassed, + ashamed !! it’s obvious that she’s been cursed by the people she stole their money, + it’s now effective. BAD KARMA IS A BITCH!! May you not know peace again for the rest of your life!! U – CRIMINAL!! OLE!!

  25. OLA

    September 11, 2016 at 10:18 am

    @Lacey,you are not just biased but untruthful.

  26. good girl

    September 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    ideologies like that of lacey is what will keep Nigerian where they like to be in pits of poverty and despair…The Elites will continually Use Tribe And Religion to Distract Gullible and Hapless Nigerians While they drink their cocktails on the beach…Im sickened by Nigerian mentality And we Deserve every suffering we a put into..Tueh …for once I’m happy with my dual pali

    • nnenne

      September 12, 2016 at 5:03 am

      @ good girl…INJUSTICE actually will!

  27. Lacey

    September 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    You must come to equity with clean hands !when Jerry Rawlings fought corruption in Ghana,there was no sacred cows!I am for bringing all corrupt people to book!including Pepe! So you guys should read and comprehend,or is it hunger that makes Nigerians to have selective amnesia !

    • good girl

      September 11, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      the jerry rawlings you talk about did he come to equity with clean hands….i very much doubt it..let PMB catch and jail his enemy crooks when thy also grab power in 2019 they should do the same until ALL crooks on both sides are in jail ..lacey abeg leave matter!!

    • nnenne

      September 12, 2016 at 5:07 am

      @ good Girl… Is Buhari a saint?
      How did he pay all these tuitions?
      If you collect freebies you are not a saint remenber?

  28. Kay

    September 11, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    31 point what!!!!!!!Madam Peace deris God

  29. Where is Nene?

    September 12, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Interesting to find Nene silent on this one. Maybe she missed it, hence my post. Nene come and justify this one.

  30. SuperflyDoll

    September 12, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Both the past & present administration are NOT clean it is just about who is chasing who now. APC is the big fat bird while PDP is the bird food.

  31. Ifeyinwa Atuanya

    September 12, 2016 at 9:58 am

    “Money is talking.”

    Ifeyinwa, when will your own money come?

    Chai!!!!!!

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