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Release my $5.8 million and N3.5 billion, Patience Jonathan begs court

Related imageThe wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience is not happy at this moment.

On Thursday asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to set aside an order which froze her bank accounts containing $5.8 million and N3.5 billion.

Mrs. Jonathan asked the court to set aside the order it made on May 30 on the grounds that it had expired.

The former first lady told the court, through her counsel, Mike Ozekhome, that the order of interim forfeiture, including the one issued on October 10 had been “spent and could not be extended.’’

According to her, the original order was obtained by an improper use of court process by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

She said in a deposition filed in court, that the Incorporated Trustees of Ariwabai Aruera Reachout Foundation, nine other companies and herself were the owners of the money.

The counsel to the EFCC, Richard Dauda, had earlier told the court that he had filed an application seeking to extend the interim order of forfeiture.

The judge, Binta Nyako adjourned the matter until November 23 for hearing.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, had on May 30, granted an ex-parte order in favour of the federal government against all the accounts owned and operated by Mrs. Jonathan and her companies.

Another order was obtained by government from the Lagos Division of the court, directing the managers of Skye Bank, Ecobank PLC, Fidelity Bank PLC, Stanbic IBTC PLC, Zenith Bank PLC, and Diamond Bank PLC to in the interim, freeze Mrs. Jonathan’s accounts.

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Trending: Why Court froze N9bn in fresh accounts linked with Patience Jonathan

Patience-Jonathan-360x225Justice Mojisola Olatoregun-Ishola has granted an order freezing bank accounts allegedly belonging to wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, with over N9 billion lodged in them.

One of the accounts, domiciled with Skye Bank Plc and said to be in Mrs Jonathan’s name, has a balance of $5,316.66 (about N1,670,760.30).

The accounts of five companies and one Esther Oba were also frozen along with a Mrs Jonathan’s.

The companies were linked with Mrs Jonathan, a highly placed source said.

The companies’ accounts are said to have balances amounting to N7.4 billion; Oba’s is said to have $429,381.87.

The money is in six commercial banks, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A reliable source from the commission yesterday confirmed the freezing of the accounts.

“Yes, it is true that another account belonging to Mrs Jonathan was frozen as well as that of some companies. The order was made sometime in late November,” the source said.

Asked if the companies were linked with a Mrs Jonathan, he said: “Fraudulent activities were discovered in the companies’ accounts. Some of them had her (Mrs Jonathan’s signature) without her picture.”

Justice Olatoregun-Ishola was said to have made the ex-parte order following an ex-parte application and a supporting affidavit sworn to by an EFCC operative Abdulahi Tukur.

The companies are Finchley Top Homes Limited, Aribawa Aruera Reachout Foundation, Magel Resort Limited, AM-PM Global Network Limited Pansy Oil and Gas Limited.

Finchley Top Homes is alleged to have fraudulently opened an account with no. 1102001996 domiciled with Ecobank Plc with N226,376,700.23 and a fixed deposit of N1,099,511,484.88.

The company is also alleged to have fraudulently opened other accounts with Skye Bank with a balance of N14,173,848.85; Fidelity Bank, with a balance of N1,800,494,000; Stanbic IBTC Bank account with a current balance of N40,594,12.88; and Diamond Bank with a current balance of N39,418,712.12.

The Foundation is alleged to have opened an account numbered 1222014221 with Ecobank and has a balance of N479,893,431.01.

Magel Resort’s accounts, numbered 4011019546 and 5250059782, domiciled with Fidelity Bank has a balance of N1,000,494,000.

The company also operates other accounts numbered 1011744356 with Zenith Bank with a balance of N858,923,982, and another one numbered 0024351590 with Diamond Bank with a balance of N174,166,207.00.

AM-PM Global Network was said to have opened account numbered 0026718889 at Diamond Bank and with a balance of N7,213,303.50.

Pansy Oil and Gas’ account with Fidelity Bank is numbered 4011019577 with a balance of N1,809,666,494.68, while that at Diamond Bank (0026838491) has a balance of N55,930,024.50.

All the monies, EFCC said, are suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Justice Olatoregun-Ishola reportedly ordered EFCC to file an undertaking as to damages payable by it if it turns out that the order should not have been made.

It is not the first time accounts allegedly belonging to Mrs Jonathan would be frozen.

Justice Mohammed Idris had also ordered the siezure of N$15.5million allegedly belonging to Mrs Jonathan.

Mrs Jonathan said four of her frozen accounts with Skye Bank in the name of four companies have a balance of $15, 591,700 (about N5billion) belonging to her.

But, the companies had, on September 15, pleaded guilty to laundering the money when they were arraigned before Justice Babs Kuewumi.

The judge, however, refused to order the money’s forfeiture to the Federal Government until the trial of the others named in the charge was concluded.

The companies are: Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Friday Davis), Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Agbor Baro), Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Dioghowori Frederick) and Avalon Global Property Development Ltd (represented by Taiwo Ebenezer).

EFCC arraigned them along with a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to President Jonathan, Waripamo Dudafa, a lawyer Amajuoyi Briggs and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku. Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku had pleaded not guilty to the 17-count charge.

Mrs Jonathan, in a separate suit against EFCC and Skye Bank, before Justice Idris, is seeking an order de-freezing the accounts and releasing her money.

Court: no counter-order on Jonathan’s wife’s $15.5m

Patience-Jonathan-e1399398890714THE Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday refused to make a counter-order on the forfeiture of the $15.5 million allegedly belonging to wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience.
Justice Mohammed Idris declined a request by the former First Lady’s lawyer, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), to restrain Justice Babs Kuewumi from taken a further step with regards to the money.
Mrs. Jonathan said four of her frozen accounts with Skye Bank in the name of four companies have a balance of $15,591,700 (about N5 billion) belonging to her.
But, the companies, on September 15, pleaded guilty to laundering the money when they were arraigned before Justice Kuewumi.
The judge, however, refused to order its forfeiture to the Federal Government until the trial of the others named in the charge was concluded.
The companies are: Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Friday Davis), Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Agbor Baro), Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Dioghowori Frederick) and Avalon Global Property Development Ltd (represented by Taiwo Ebenezer).
EFCC arraigned them with a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to President Jonathan, Waripamo Dudafa, a lawyer, Amajuoyi Briggs and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku.
Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku pleaded not guilty to the 17-count charge.
Mrs. Jonathan, in a separate suit against EFCC and Skye Bank, before Justice Idris, is seeking an order to de-freeze the accounts and release her money.
Yesterday, her lawyer Adedipe urged Justice Idris to stop Justice Kuewumi from making any order forfeiting the $15.591 million pending the determination of her application for interlocutory injunction.
Adedipe urged the court to direct the EFCC not to tamper with the “res” (subject matter) of the case pending the determination of the interlocutory application.
But, EFCC’s Rotimi Oyedepo, opposed the application, saying: “We pray the court to dismiss the application with a wave of hand. There is an order of the court that have convicted the 4th-7th defendants for warehousing the proceeds of crime.”
According to him, it will be “extremely” prejudicial to the earlier order made by Justice Kuewumi in the criminal case.
Justice Idris refused to grant Adedipe’s oral application and adjourned till December 7 for hearing.

How Patience Jonathan stole $15.5m Nigeria Money kept in four property companies revealed

59024-unnamedIt has been proven beyond doubt that Ex- President,Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience stole  $15.5m Nigeria Money .

Information revealed that a Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday convicted four companies of laundering $15.5m kept in their accounts with Skye Bank.

The companies – Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited – are linked with a former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had in August frozen the accounts of the four companies and seized the $15m in the course of probing Dudafa for money laundering.

But the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, had sued the EFCC and Skye Bank, claiming ownership of the $15.5m.

On Wednesday, Justice Babs Kuewumi convicted the four companies of laundering the $15.5m.

The companies had on September 15, 2016 pleaded guilty to laundering the money when they were arraigned by the EFCC along with Dudafa, a lawyer, Amajuoyi Briggs; and a banker, Adedamola Bolodeoku.

But Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku pleaded not guilty.

Based on the guilty plea of the companies, the EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, reviewed the facts of the case and told the court how the companies laundered the money.

Oyedepo told the judge that the money was stolen from the State House, Abuja.

He said, “The EFCC received an intelligence report showing vividly that the fourth to seventh defendants retained proceeds of crime. Our investigations showed that Festus Iyoha admitted receiving the funds from the first defendant (Dudafa). Iyoha is a domestic staff at the State House.

“He admitted that funds credited into the accounts were given to him from the State House.”

Oyedepo said Iyoha paid $3,096,377.38 into Pluto’s account; $3,410,534.71 into Seagate’s account; $3,765,711.87 into Trans Oceans’ account; and $250,000 into Avalon Global’s accout.

He said the accounts of the companies were domiciled in Skye Bank.

Justice Kuewumi admitted the accounts statements in evidence. He also admitted their mandate cards, certificates of incorporation and statements made to the EFCC by the companies’ representatives.

While convicting the companies of money laundering, the judge said he was satisfied that the EFCC had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Patience vs EFCC update: She accuses EFCC of hiring mercenaries

The wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, says the four persons who pleaded guilty to money laundering charges on behalf of the four companies linked to her are mercenaries hired by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The ex-President’s wife stated this in a statement on Thursday by her media aide, Chima Osuji.

She alleged that the EFCC presented four unknown persons, who were not authorised by the companies’ boards to plead guilty on behalf of the companies.

She said it was a ploy by the EFCC to ensure that her hard-earn money was confiscated.

The ex-President’s wife argued that the EFCC failed to comply with Section 477 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, by not presenting to the court on Thursday any letter to show that the four persons were authorised by the companies to represent them.

“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.

Patience Jonathan vs EFCC: Patience to sue EFCC over seized $15million

Reports revealed that  former First lady, Patience Jonathan is said to be planning a lawsuit against EFCC following the seizure of $15 million found in the accounts of four companies that are currently under investigation for fraud. According to BBC, the antigraft agency has confirmed to them that Mrs Jonathan will be taking them to court for seizing the money which she has since claimed ownership of.

In a letter with reference number GA/Abibo/00226/2016 and written by her lawyers, Granville Abibo (SAN) and Co, and addressed to the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, Patience Jonathan had said the $15 million seized by the antigraft agency was for her medical bills and other personal expenses.

(Politics) Patience Jonathan Supports Wike because Amaechi Betrayed Jonathan

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Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Monday said she was solidly behind the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, to take over from the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, in 2015.

Wike, who was at a time Amaechi’s Chief of Staff, has been at loggerheads with the governor since he (Amaechi) started having a running battle with President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife.

Mrs. Jonathan, who is also from Rivers State, claimed in a statement by her media assistant, Ayo Adewuyi, that the people of the state were behind Wike and were prepared to follow him.

Though she claimed that she was not meddling in the process of selecting candidates for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, the President’s wife described Wike’s ambition as a fait accompli.

She was reacting to a news report that indicated that she was planning to install three governors in Bauchi, Bayelsa and Rivers states.

The statement party reads, “While we consider this a figment of the imagination of the writers of the spurious story, it is also expedient to state clearly that the First Lady does not meddle in the affairs and selection process of the ruling party, the PDP.

“Consequently, there is no way she can dictate or install anybody into political offices.

“In the case of Rivers State, the First Lady wishes to state categorically that the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, is the leader of PDP in Rivers State and he enjoys the followership of the people of the state. The First Lady is solidly behind Chief Wike.

“The people of Rivers State are also solidly behind Chief Wike and are prepared to follow him.

“It is therefore mischievous to insinuate that Mrs. Jonathan is working to ensure that the governorship candidate comes from one of the riverine areas of Rivers State which may not be where the people are going.

“It is also imperative to state that the First Lady is always with the people and will continue to go with the wish and expectations of the people.

“Mrs. Jonathan has not withdrawn her support for Chief Wike at any time and will always work for the interest and the good of Rivers people. As far as the First Lady is concerned, there is no shaking in Rivers State.”

She described the report that she had abandoned Wike as the handiwork of those she called mischiefmakers, who were bent on promoting bickering and animosity among the people who had always been together working for the improvement of Rivers State. She said the report should be discountenanced.

Mrs. Jonathan also described the report that she was positioning some other candidates to take over from the incumbents in Bayelsa and Bauchi states as an attempt to pit them against the governors.

“Dr. Waripomowei Dudafa is not only a son to the President but his members of staff and very close to the family. Dr. Dudafa is not ready to quit his job to contest governorship election. Similarly, the FCT Minister has been a competent and loyal appointee of Mr. President.

“Both of them are loyal to Mr. President and their governors. They are sons of the First Lady as the mother of the nation, who also has very cordial relationships with the governors in question and will never interfere in any process that will lead to the emergence of governorship candidates in the states.”

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