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Fresh $175m found in Patience Jonathan’s bank account

14 November 2016, 12:08

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has discovered a fresh $175 750 000 deposited in an account linked to former First lady Patience Jonathan, Nation reports.

The deposits were found in the account of Pluto Property and Investment Limited, one of the firms linked to Jonathan.

The EFCC has launched a manhunt for two suspects, Toru Wonyeng Ibuomo and Friday Davies, linked to the curious deposits in four tranches within 14 months - between February 21, 2014 and April 1, 2015.

The anti-graft agency is probing how the cash was withdrawn from the domiciliary account with Skye Bank Plc without any trace of where it was diverted to.

The deposits are different from the $15.5million over which the ex-First Lady sued the EFCC, which placed No Debit Order on four accounts.

But the company is one of the four convicted on November 2 for laundering the $15.5million, which Jonathan insists belongs to her.

The companies convicted by Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court are 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.

The anti-graft agency last month claimed that it has traced an additional $5 million dollars to the account of former First Lady Patience Jonathan according to News24.

The agency had initially traced $15 million to Jonathan's account, bringing the total amount to $20 million in an investigation relating to a money laundering case.

Jonathan's link to the case followed on from an investigation into the financial dealings of former Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamowei Dudafa, with the EFCC tracing four company accounts to him with a balance of $15 million.

- News 24

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