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Patience Jonathan Claims EFCC Hired Mercenaries to Plead Guilty to $15m Money Laundering Charge



Dame Patience Jonathan

Dame Patience Jonathan

Following the guilty plea of the four persons representing four companies linked to her, former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has said that the individuals were not authorised by the companies to represent them, PUNCH reports.

She alleged that the persons are mercenaries hired by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to plead guilty to the money laundering charges brought against them.

The EFCC had frozen the companies’ accounts following investigation into a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo Dudafa, and two others, Amajuoyi Briggs and Adedamola Bolodeoku.

When the case was called on Thursday, the four companies announced their representation as follows: Friday David  (Pluto Properties and Investment Company)  and Agbor Obaro (Sea Gate Property Development Company). Also, Fredrick Dioghowori announced his representation for Trans Ocean Property Ltd, while Taiwo Ebenezer represented Avalon Global properties Ltd.

Dudafa and the second and third defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them, but the fourth to seventh defendants (the companies) pleaded guilty.

Patience Jonathan, in a statement by her media aide, Chima Osuji, said that the EFCC presented four unknown persons, who were not authorised by the companies’ boards to plead guilty on behalf of the companies.

“This is a clear evidence of the desperation of the prosecution to pull down the former First Lady and confiscate her hard-earned money.

It is an irony that it was the former First Lady who went to court for the repatriation of her confiscated money when she realised that the EFCC and its co-travellers were playing politics with this issue after she had come out publicly to say that the said money belongs to her and that she has all evidence to prove the sources of her money. Up till this very moment, the EFCC has refused to interrogate or invite her for questioning.

The biggest twist in court on Thursday was that the fourth to seventh defendants pleaded guilty to all the 15 counts. It is clear that these unknown faces were agents of the EFCC, who have been stage-managed and tutored to come to court to complicate the case as a strategy to confiscate her money,” the ex-President’s wife’s aide, Osuji, said.


  1. keke driver

    September 16, 2016 at 11:48 am

    “confiscate Her hard-earned money.” ke? This is serious o…. Dear EFCC, This woman has been saying since last week that the money belongs to Her, If you have a problem with that, Investigate or arrest Her, if you’re unable to do that, Kindly allow Her foot Her medical bills and “other expenses”.
    Yours faithfully,
    keke Driver

    • Fani

      September 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      The accounts are not in her name so EFCC has no business with her. She’s just ranting at the thought of her money laundering gone wrong. According to the law she has no legitimate claim on that money so they can’t arrest her neither do they owe her anything.

    • Tee

      September 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      @ Keke driver , you are funny . You think coming to saying money that’s in other people’s name belongs to you makes it yours? You think Efcc will sudenly hand her money that’s not in her name? What’s Efcc’s business with her? The people who are recognized as owning the account have already pleaded guilty so that money is forever gone . Her crying up and down can only get her a jail term if they decide to descend on her but no matter what that money is forever gone. Let her go and meet her partners in crime that she gave money to codedly to give her money for so called Medials. After all when they were doing their shady deal they didn’t involve Nigerians or Efcc !

    • parodi

      September 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      EFCC will gleefully ignore her now that the companies have spoken. This one go pain am o, lol!

  2. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    September 16, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Even if she is not educated she should have used her native intelligence

  3. Anonymous

    September 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Seriously can Nigerians stop all the criticisms and ask why EFFC haven’t investigated, arrested or probed her correctly till now? She repeatedly keep saying she has prove of how she earned her money can they work on that prove if she truly laundered? I hate anything that dwells on the media

    • iphie

      September 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      My God, the foolishness and ignorance of people like yourself. That’s why Nigeria can never progress. Our hospitals schools and universities are in deplorable states and people like you are defending Patience Johnson and asserting that she “Legitimately” earned that money.

    • Busarni

      September 16, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Shut your trap; She is innocent until proven guilty. Mariam abacha and turai yardua are still alive. Maybe you should also explain how they acquired the huge properties they have in choice areas . They should invite her already and stop beating around the bush. I haven’t come across an anti corruption agency as sensational as the EFCC. Nonsense

    • Fani

      September 16, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Na so I see am o. Nigerians can be so so ignorant.

    • Ngozi

      September 16, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      @ Bursani, invite her for what? Is her name on any of the documents? Any mad woman can getup and say she owns whatever money but as long as your name is not on any document that’s your business. Efcc has nothing to do with her but those who’s names are tied to the account and those ones have already pleaded guilty and the money frozen. So let Patience keep bleating like a goat. As for Turai, blah , blah Efcc never went after any of them. This illiterate woman came out on her own to say it’s her money and she’s the one confessing like a witch.

  4. Segi

    September 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    The accounts are not in her name, so EFCC has no business with her. She on the other hand can try to sue EFCC, but the case will be tossed out. In trying to prove her link to the accounts, she will further implicate herself! She should just shut up!

    • nwa nna

      September 16, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      The accounts do not have to be in your in order for you to be guilty my friend! A lot of illegally acquired funds are usually laundered under 3rd party names, however, if a link is established by investigators tying the monies back to the actual owner of the monies makes that individual culpable which is what the EFCC has done. Patience’s fronts confessed to the funds belonging to madam Patiene.

  5. anonymous

    September 16, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    and she will walk free at the end like all the others, nothing will ever change as the thieves are always wrongly celebrated… Sad!

  6. LostInSpace

    September 16, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Why is Osuji speaking on behalf of the companies? No one from any of the companies has said anything yet.

  7. nwa nna

    September 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Delusion grandeur!! This whole case just goes to confirm what a lot of Nigerians had always thought about Patience.. She’s not the sharpest tool in the box, instead of laying low and hiding her face in shame she’s in the public square ranting about stolen monies… SMH, things like this only happen in places like Nigeria

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