- Detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have made further revelations concerning the alleged fraud case against Patience Jonathan
- The detectives also listed names of those who deposited money into the two accounts of the former first lady
- Dame Jonathan is reportedly seeking an out-of-court settlement with the EFCC
Detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have reportedly described former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, a shopping freak judging by the facts and figures they unveiled in the course of investigation.
The Nation reports that Dame Jonathan allegedly blew thousands of dollars at highbrow stores and that party of the money came from $11,849,069.03, which the EFCC said 31 individuals and companies paid into her two domiciliary accounts.
According to the report, the accounts, which are Skye Bank (2110001712) and First Bank (2022648664) had questionable deposits between 2013 and 2017 with the former having about $7,452,319.32 and the latter with $4,036,750.00.
NAIJ.com learnt that Patience Jonathan allegedly spent the cash at TFS stores, Selfridges, John Lewis, Kingsgate, Sainsbury’s, Harrods, Marks and Spencer, Dolce and Gabbana, and Ginaon a shopping spree.
Some of the shops are located in expensive outlets in the United States, Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, UAE, Italy and China. According to the report, the highest shopping was at Goyard Beijing in Beijing CN on January 28, 2014 where Dame Jonathan allegedly spent $28,388.72.
Accordingly, on the same day, Patience Jonathan allegedly spent $13, 069.68 on some luxury items at Hulian Xinguang Beijing CN.
Again, there were alleged transactions traced to Oakham School, Natwest Bank and $26, 228. 18 spent at Hotel Nassaeur HOF Wishbaden DE on November 20, 2015.
With international collaboration, EFCC detectives reportedly found that about $7,452,319.32 suspicious funds were deposited in Patience Jonathan’s account with number 2110001712 between February 8, 2013 and April 7, 2015.
The account was opened on September 12, 2013 by a former special assistant on domestic affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Hon Dudafa Waripamo Owei with a deposit of $1,948,400.00.
Apart from Dudafa, the about 22 other individuals, including Patience Jonathan who allegedly deposited cash into the account include:
1. Festus Iyoha ($287,100.000)
2. Ocheche Emmanuel ($150,000)
3. Philemon Buoro ($150,000)
4. Festus Isidahomen ($100,000)
5. Felicia Apatake ($148,900)
6. Patricia Okogun ($ 99,700)
7. Buoro Ojo ($400,000)
8. Stella Wasiu ($250,000)
9. Amaka Adebayo ($250,000)
10. Segun Moses ($249,400)
11. Jimoh Peter ($246,700)
12. Ahmed Musa ($196,400)
13. Ibrahim Musa($198,300)
14. Dame P Jonathan ($100,000)
15. Ayemere Sunday ($ 250,000)
16. Eneji AP ($300,000)
17. Johnson Ojo ($300,000)
18. Mary Buoro ($400,000)
19. Jude Bosede ($500,000)
20. Festus Iyoha ($400,000)
21. Jimoh Moses ($400,000)
22. Ahmed Musa ($100,000)
“The balance in this account as at 9th September 2016 was about $5,831,173.55,” the EFCC said.
The First Bank account was opened on February 22, 2013 while cash deposits were made into the account between February 26, 2013 and April 30, 2017 which altogether was $4,036,750.
The depositors include: Dame Patience Jonathan: $2,037,650 in nine tranches with other lodgments ranging from $98,900 to $400,000.
1. Dudafa Waripamo Owei, led the pack of depositors on 27th February 2013 with $400,000
2. Germaine ($100,000)
3. Germani ($200,000)
4. Ade Suleiman ($200,000)
5. Mohammed Adamu ($300,000)
6. Francis Muhd ($300,000)
7. Kunle Peter ($200,000)
8. Suleiman Ade ($299,900,00)
9. Jonathan Patience ($2,037,650).
“Detectives traced the transactions pattern placed the card holder in various countries to United States, Great Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, UAE and Italy.
“The card was allegedly used in highbrow shops, such as Marks and Spencer, Kingsgate, Natwest Bank, Gina stores and Harrods.
“The balance in this account as at 9th September 2016 was $3,691,145.48,” the report said.
It was learnt that the former first lady seems to be asking for an out-of-court settlement.
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The letter, which was written by her counsel, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), and being considered by the EFCC, states: “As senior counsel, representing Dame Patience Jonathan (former first lady) and companies linked to her and some family members, associates, companies and NGOs, we have thought it fit to engage your commission in a discussion over all issues involving her and the commission with a view to having amicable resolution of all cases as stated above.
“This will enable both sides create an atmosphere for mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. We will therefore appreciate it, if you can give us an appointment at your earliest convenience to have a discussion over all matters involving her and members of her family.
“We believe that an amicable settlement will be in the best interest of both your commission and our client.
“We assure you of our utmost commitment and sincerity of purpose in this connection, and we solicit your cooperation in this regard. Please, accept the assurances of our warm regards.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Patience Jonathan accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of making a mockery of the judicial system.
Jonathan made her comments in an application seeking to reclaim the sums of $8,435,788.84 and N7.35bn seized from her by the anti-graft agency.
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