Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have filed an application against Patience Jonathan that will see her forfeit the total of $15 million as she is accused of money laundering, Naij reports.
The wife of former president, Goodluck Jonathan has the money contained in a Skye Bank account of four various companies that was linked to a former special advisor to the president on domestic affairs.
Also read: Patience Jonathan's houseboy, driver arrested by EFCC
Those four banking accounts have now been frozen by the EFCC, with the former First Lady claiming in a sworn affidavit that the funds belonged to her despite there being no documented evidence to link her to the companies.
She also requested a court to compel the EFCC to lift the restrictions on the accounts as she claimed that they were for her medical bills.
The EFCC however have now sought for an application that would see Patience Jonathan forfeit the funds as they believe they were illegally obtained.
“The four companies, in whose accounts the monies were lodged, have pleaded guilty to money laundering. We are therefore filing an application, seeking the complete and total forfeiture of the money to the Federal Government," an EFCC official said.
News24 reported that the four companies allegedly used to launder the sum of $15 591 700 million by Waripamo Owei-Didafa, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday pleaded guilty to the offence before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The four companies, Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Development Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for charges bordering on money laundering.
For more on this story, visit Naij.
- News 24