Mrs Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, will soon be having a chat with operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over the $15.6m traced to four accounts linked to her.
This is coming on the heels of a visit by the anti-graft agency to the Skye Bank branch on Adeola Hopewell, Victoria Island, where the accounts were opened and obtained the documents containing her financial information.
Media reports quoted sources as saying that the detectives had been able to establish a prima facie case of money laundering and forgery against Patience.
It will be recalled that as part of investigations into a former Special Adviser to the President on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa, the EFCC traced four company accounts to him all domiciled at Skye Bank.
The bank accounts of the four companies — Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited; and Globus Integrated Service Limited — were said to have been opened with stolen identities.
A detective at the EFCC said, “After three months of investigation, I can confirm to you that we are set to invite Patience Jonathan. We obtained the files from the bank and we realised that those accounts with the $15m were opened with fake identity cards, including driving licences.
“We took the cards and went to the Federal Road Safety Corps to verify if the cards were authentic. We found out that the cards were fake. So, this is not just money laundering but a clear case of fraud. If they had nothing to hide, why did they go to this length?”
While the companies have pleaded guilty, Patience insists that the money belongs to her but claims she does not know the companies.
In an affidavit, one Sammie Somiari deposed to on behalf of Patience, Mrs. Jonathan claimed that Dudafa helped Patience to open the bank accounts in 2010.
However, EFCC investigations revealed that the accounts were opened between 2013 and 2014.