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Patience Jonathan Writes EFCC Chairman | Claims $15m in her Accounts Are For Medical Bills

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Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has said that $15m out of the $31.4m which was frozen in four companies’ accounts are for her medical bills, PUNCH reports.

She made this known in a letter to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

The letter which was written by her lawyers, Granville Abibo (SAN) and Co, had the reference number GA/Abibo/00226/2016.

A houseboy, a driver and other domestic workers of a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to Jonathan, Waripamowei Dudafa, were named as directors of the companies’ accounts in which the money was lodged.

Another $5m had been traced to an account reportedly belonging to the former first lady.

The letter read in part:

It is noteworthy to emphasise that the said accounts, which were in US dollar denomination, were card-based accounts and our client is the sole signatory to these accounts.

However, our client has been operating the said accounts using the cards for her medical bill payments and purchases for her private purposes without any let or hindrance.

Our client was therefore surprised when the said cards stop functioning on July 7, 2016, or thereabout. Our client immediately, thereupon, contacted Skye Bank Plc through our solicitors.

It was only then that the bank officials informed our client that the said accounts were placed on a ‘No Debit Order’ following investigations and instruction from your commission and this is without notice to our client by either the bank or the commission.

It is in the light of the foregoing that we urge you to use your good offices to vacate the ‘No Debit/Freezing Order’ placed on the said accounts.

Despite the foregoing, our client, who is a law-abiding citizen, has watched with surprise how efforts are being made surreptitiously to indirectly harass or harangue her and short-change her of her personal funds in breach of her fundamental human rights.

We urge you sir, to kindly intervene to stop the untoward and wrongful actions of your officials to embarrass, inconvenience and short-change our client.

According to PUNCH, a detective in the EFCC said:

We got a relevant court order to freeze those accounts and we have evidence which we will present in court on Friday.

We did not know that the accounts belonged to Patience Jonathan at the time we froze them. The accounts do not bear her name neither do they carry her BVN (Bank Verification Number). So, how can she accuse us of harassment?

She has a separate account in Skye Bank with the title ‘Patience Jonathan’, which has a balance of $5m. If she claims she needs money for medical treatment, then the $5m should be alright.

 

50 Comments

  1. keke driver

    September 14, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Some people get mind o, afer catching you red handed, infact, I don’t understand what’s happening here.

    • AceOfSpades

      September 14, 2016 at 10:26 am

      If the woman says the money is for medical bills and expenses, it is for medical bills and expenses. Why would a grown woman lie?

    • Fiona

      September 14, 2016 at 10:37 am

      [email protected]….sarcasm let me guess……….

    • Cindy

      September 14, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Lmao…..I smell the sarcasm. Please tell me it’s one.

    • honey omo lekki

      September 14, 2016 at 10:52 am

      And the account is not in her name? And it is her money?
      Why do you have card that doesn’t belong to you? Offence number 1
      And you claim the money in it belongs to you? Have you heard of money laundering? This is a clasic case of money laundering

    • Dlapikin

      September 15, 2016 at 3:52 am

      Because it us not about the purpose of the money but its origins. The efcc just needs to know how she came about that money, and why it is under a business name.
      Anything else is really irrelevant. She is just incriminating herself the more…

  2. Wunmi

    September 14, 2016 at 10:15 am

    She has a separate account in Skye Bank with the title ‘Patience Jonathan’, which has a balance of $5m. If she claims she needs money for medical treatment, then the $5m should be alright.

    Lol bingo? exactly.That $5m should be able to sort ur medical bills Ma.Besides,the frozen acct is not in ur name so why cry wolf?One more thing,where exactly did u get $15 mill from?You were just a wife to d former president with no salary involved.Chaii

    • good girl

      September 14, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      @mr x i was agreeing with you until you got to the “all south south people ” stuff as a niger delta chic i take serious exception to that …

  3. mr x

    September 14, 2016 at 10:27 am

    She’s a Joke. I am guessing that’s the same way her husband behaves low wit individuals. Funny how he is praised for relinquishing power to buhari after the election. He is very timid. The worst president we ever had. If we are to be serious with ourselves in Nigeria . She ought to be in Krikri eating beans with no palm oil. I am sorry though just a few people from the south south are actually intelligent. I say this without being unapologetic.

    • @ mr x

      September 14, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Mr X get over yourself already! Enough with the name calling, I’m not pro GEJ but name calling will not get Nigeria out of the problem it is in.

    • lily

      September 14, 2016 at 11:25 am

      ‘Just a few people from the South-South are intelligent’. WOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! You do realise how many states make up the South-South and how you definitely haven’t met everyone from there right? I don’t even know what to say to you Mr X. It’s your opinion after all.

    • lily

      September 14, 2016 at 11:34 am

      It’s funny how some of the most intelligent and successful people I know are from the South-South. Let me even list the states in case anyone gets confused.Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta , Edo and Rivers States. Most intelligent guy I ever worked with from Rivers, best graduate in my set from Akwa Ibom, one of the brightest writers I know from Edo State, one of the best petroleum engineers I know from Rivers and she’s female. One of the most intelligent governors Nigeria has ever had from Cross River. Wo, my hand is paining from typing, you get the point, don’t you? Bye Felicia!

    • lola

      September 14, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Lily,you get time they reply the Yeye guy.Am not from the South South but calling them unintelligent is bad.

    • Icrossmyheart

      September 16, 2016 at 7:12 am

      You dont have to reply a fool for uttering nonesense. You do not have to reply sef.

      That in which you condemn in others, you condemn in yourself. That in which you praise in others, you praise in yourself – my life motto.

      She or He is saying that because he or she is not intelligent. Simple!!

      Everyone is corrupt. We just have different degrees of corruptness. Some people have more integrity than others. In my opinion, GEJ is not different from any leaders we have had PAST or PRESENT.

    • Four Fingers Right Back At You.

      September 14, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      “”I am sorry though just a few people from the south south are actually intelligent. “”
      And thus, you display your own abysmal lack of intelligence.

  4. Thatgidigirl

    September 14, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Pls what kind of ughiagbe sickness is she using $15m to cure???

    • kilipot

      September 14, 2016 at 11:12 am

      She’s buying a brand new soul ni

    • honey omo lekki

      September 14, 2016 at 11:56 am

      rotflmao

    • Sisi

      September 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      I thought maybe they wanted to create a clone version of Mama P for comedic effect, but maybe it’s a new soul afterall

    • Spunky

      September 14, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Hehehehehehhehehhehehehehheheheeehhe! I only wanted to SMH and pass silently but you caught me with this one. @ kilipot

    • Mohammad

      September 15, 2016 at 10:31 am

      You wan kee pessin with lafta today? “Ughiagbe sickness!”

  5. Dee

    September 14, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Na wa o… so brazen about ill-gotten wealth. Only in Nigeria. 🙁

  6. Beeeee

    September 14, 2016 at 10:58 am

    “Very few people from the south south are intelligent” … Lol…. For that comment, I see how intelligent you are. I see you have met everyone in all the South South states to come to that senseless conclusion. Please don’t be apologetic about it, continue to wallow in your ignorance. Jonathan was the worst president we ever had and we are suffering like this under this “Messiah”….my dear, when you bring an argument, come with facts and not what you read online. Please compare Nigeria today to Nigeria 2,3,4 or even 5 years ago. If Mrs. Jonathan has done anything wrong, they should charge her to court and send her to the kirikiri na. All the mouth about Diezani and the rest, no court charges were filed? No arrests have been made. Why? Enough of these media trials. Trying to distract people from the rubbish that the country has become in less than 2 years. Nigerian youth need to leave partisan politics and think with their brains for a change. The stupid politicians you are killing yourselves for will be meeting behind closes doors and planning how to make you people look even more stupid. Worst president ko, please bring the worst president back.

  7. dee

    September 14, 2016 at 11:00 am

    This lady is a joker! Hahahaha this is really funny? How much for your medical bills again? First off, as the former first lady, where does she get off having that kinda money in any of her accounts for chrissakes!!! 2ndly, what kinda weak ass harassment is the efcc meting out to her! Gosh I’m so pissed at the level of corruption in this country!
    Yesterday I heard a hotel belonging to her worth 10B was being seized by the FG, my mouth was open. I really can’t deal… I feel my bp rising… lol

    • DAME

      September 15, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Like you are on of the few comments that spoke my mind. How did one person who doesnt have any known source of income except being the Presidents wife and alos a per sec amass $45million…………..HELLLLLLLLLLLLO
      MY HEAD IS BURSTING.
      First if she really owns the money as it is done in civilized countries she should provide tax clearance on the income
      we all know this is not a civilized country and this case would go away silently like it never existed.
      SIGH

  8. Xoxo

    September 14, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Smh for this country. What is an ex presidents wife doing with so much money??? Even if she used to be president or minister what is she doing with that much money??? Yes president Buhari’s tenure has not been rosy in anyway but are we so blidned to see that majority of those in ex president Jonathan’s cabinet stole a lot of billions from Nigeria. (In dollars oh). This woman was just using her English to deceive me, she’s a sharp woman. Those banks that those accounts were opened should be sanctioned. How can you open an account in another persons name and be the signatory to the account and the handler of the debit card?? Its not like the account is for your unborn child or small child as a means of saving for school funds and what not. Biko is that allowed cos I’m really confused? Can a banker please explain to me?

  9. Xoxo

    September 14, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Smh for this country. What is an ex presidents wife doing with so much money??? Even if she used to be president or minister what is she doing with that much money??? Yes president Buhari’s tenure has not been rosy in anyway but are we so blidned to see that majority of those in ex president Jonathan’s cabinet stole a lot of billions from Nigeria. (In dollars oh). This woman was just using her English to deceive me, she’s a sharp woman. Those banks that those accounts were opened should be sanctioned. How can you open an account in another persons name and be the signatory to the account and the handler of the debit card?? Its not like the account is for your unborn child or small child as a means of saving for school funds and what not. It seems like some bankers dont know their jobs. Biko is that allowed cos I’m really confused? Can a banker please explain to me?

    • Dee

      September 14, 2016 at 11:27 am

      I agree with you that the banks should be sanctioned. They’ve been complicit in helping politicians loot and conceal public funds through ‘arrangements’ like this.

  10. gwen

    September 14, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Hello, allow me shed some light on the account name differing from signatory/ies..An account can be opened in the name of a business/company ..example Bellanaija company limited and the signatory or signatories could be say …Gwen or Gwen & Abby. The Bank can create cards in the name of the signatories linked to the account or in the name of the company for the use of the signatory/ies.

    • honey omo lekki

      September 14, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Oga Gwen, which bank do you work with? I guess you work in a foreign bank.

      Unless it is a corporate account, and the ATM will be issued in the name of the corporate account. Which bank in Nigeria issue ATM in the name of individual and link to a corporate account?

    • #MadeInNaija

      September 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Pls note for Corporate Accounts, the debit/credit cards bear account name and NOT name of signatory or signatories. If a company is 123 Nigeria Ltd and the sole signatory is Gwen, the debit card will bear 123 Nigeria Ltd and not Gwen.

  11. Roma

    September 14, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Crooks everywhere! That woman should be resting in kirikiri, This people really suck Nigeria dried.
    And the youth who claim to be future leaders are so blinded and brainwashed by sentiments, religion and tribes.

  12. Mz Socially Awkward....

    September 14, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Granville Abibo took on her case? Oh my days, I can’t explain how hilarious that is.

    … but then, lawyers need paying clients. And this one is what my people like to call a “big fish”…

    • Anon

      September 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      I saw his name too and laughed. He’s a “runner” for a few PDP bigwigs in Rivers and Bayelsa. I guess being a SAN adds to the pseudo-pizzazz.

  13. #MadeInNaija

    September 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    “”We did not know that the accounts belonged to Patience Jonathan at the time we froze them. The accounts do not bear her name neither do they carry her BVN (Bank Verification Number). So, how can she accuse us of harassment?””. Something is wrong here…. In this era of BVN, it is impossible for her to be a signatory to that account without the account reflecting her BVN. Perhaps, EFCC did not do an in-depth investigation.

    • Prime Babe

      September 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Lol….. do not think too far…it is exactly what you are thinking….hahaha

  14. Aduke

    September 14, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Can u imagine this opportunist, and we re blaming Buhari for recession. This people wrecked Nigeria before they left….. Allison Madueke too

    • Anonymous

      September 14, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Yes they are the ones solely responsible for wrecking Nigeria in totality. Don’t go and chase after the ones sitting on billions of dollars. Your eyes are popping over $15 million. They are using these ones to distract you from the big fishes. Nigerians don’t be fooled don’t be distracted. By all means go after Patience oh and anyone else, but you must visit Babangida, Abacha family. Past military leaders, and all the useless men and women that were in power before now.

    • no

      September 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Some people are so FOOLISH. Please can you listen to yourself again? So because Abacha was not caught, Patience Jonathan should be allowed to go. More so, nobody accused her of anything, she is the person exposing herself here. HELLO

    • Anonymous

      September 14, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Did you see “by all means go after Patience”
      Stop disgracing yourself online. Don’t be in a haste to comment without using your critical thinking abilities.

    • nnenne

      September 15, 2016 at 3:36 am

      @ Aduke…I wonder how much you know of Nigerian history or do you deliberately pretend not to know?
      Truth is Nigeria is wrecked by the West and the North.
      Start your assessment from oil exploration, through oil boom to this government with its nepotism and marginalization.
      Yes, marginalization!
      You tell someone you will use his resources to take care of your people because he didn’t vote for you and you don’t expect them to react? Well, that’s BTW.
      GEJ’S administration was not perfect but it left systems in place, got the most ghost workers! There’s nothing that happened in GEJ’s administration that have not been happening before them. More corruption even took place as Abuja, was being constructed!
      Corruption is still on going.
      Nigeria should have been like Dubai, what with oil boom, before GEJ got here.
      The military has a case to answer…
      No vision, no planning, autocracy.
      Buhari is part of that past. Make no mistake about it.
      Am amazed, that all the people who used to attack GEJ are now quiet!
      Because you are in power?
      Even when Nigeria is falling apart?
      Amazing!
      A balance of stories won’t kill anyone! !!
      I hate injustice! !

  15. Prince

    September 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    $15,000,000 x N420 = 6,300,000,000.
    This woman is EVIL. Which kind sickness you dey treat with 6.3billion naira. Patience Jonathan, God will punish you and that sickness and diseases you’re calling on yourself will forever be yours.
    Nigerians are dying of hunger. Many died because they can’t afford hospital bills, hospitals that your husband refused to do anything about. Do you know what 6.3billion naira will do. Your life is done.

    • Rapha.

      September 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      She is not “”calling sicknesses and diseases on herself”. She is dealing with what she has been dealing with for quite a while.

  16. lol

    September 14, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Where are all the Gej stans come and defend your aunty

  17. Cynical

    September 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    @kilipot,you are not ok…ROTFL.

  18. Marlvina

    September 14, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Can she be locked up already? Why receive letters?

  19. Daphne _647

    September 14, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    You guyyyys! My God, y’all don’t understand ni? She’s finding the cure to cancer. Not just that, I heard she has also been saving the money since birth to solely donate to the government to buy this country out of recession!

    • Na

      September 15, 2016 at 8:02 am

      ***Crickets***

  20. esteem

    September 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    It is obvious mr X is a cow, imagine how shallow your senses are. See, the truth is bitter but we must say it. Our leaders don’t mean well for us, we the youth have been disintegrated because of tribal sentiment and religious differences, of what good will it be to continuing in this hatred? Why insulting jonathan by calling him names? This is a man who not only kept the unity of Nigeria but also produced the Africa richest man, built about 125 allumanjeri schools in the north, created 12 additional federal universities, increased our reserved from $257-574b or there about, made our economy the fastest growing economy, we became 24 best economy in the world, he brought railway back to Nigeria, that was long abandoned. What else do you expect from this man? Is his achievement not visible? No regime is free of corruption. What the last administration took yrs to build had just been destroyed by this present administration. You know jonathan didn’t gamble with our economy, he applied the keynesian theory which is centred on fiscal policy, monetary and government intervention to increase aggregate demand. This government should spend even a little to achieve circular flow of income which will later result to increase in consumption that will also transcend to higher aggregate demand and more output will be enhance, check our monetary policy now, interest rate have gone to 14 percent and people can no longer borrow again you should know that high interest rate leads to low investment vice-versa. Keynes didn’t lie when he said at this point when there is recession, unemployment,increase in market price, the government should interfer while the classicals which is the bourgoises said they should wait that in the longrun the forces of demand and supply will regulate the market but Keynes stood his ground and says in the longrun we all must have been dead. Pls, do something this present regime, the hunger is too much, am not saying those who are caught shouldn’t be persecuted, but let the govt interfare and let’s live.

  21. Chika

    September 14, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Actually, Jonathan is the worse President Nigeria ever had, he is just a notch up in intelligence when paired or compared with his wife. Look everyone, an economic damage done now may take a couple or more years to manifest and that’s what’s happening to Nigeria now. Imagine the gross amounts being seized from him, his wife and the people that served in his government. However, I disagree that the South South is populated with unintelligent people, that’s is a flat out lie.

    What is the source of the funds? EFCC should follow the trail, it’s possible to trace. She had no portfolio other than wife of President so how come? A little more digging might even chagrin Nigeria that it was Jonathan’s money hidden by the wife. In any case, he cannot say he did not know his wife had this much stashed away, there may be more undiscovered even, He is now scampering and pandering to the other thieves: Babangida and Abdulsalami and now one is raising eyebrows. Nigeria!! I shake my ass!!

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