Friday, 9 June 2017

EFCC Seals Alleged Patience Jonathan's Multi-Billioin Naira Property (Photos)

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) today sealed a multi-billion naira property allegedly belonging to a former first lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan. The property located in Abuja around Mabushi area was marked “keep off” “under Investigation” and so on.
 
 
The Nation reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) marked the property as “being under investigation” and may place it under Interim Asset Forfeiture. 
 
EFCC investigators have however only established a link between Mrs. Jonathan and Aribawa Aruera Research Foundation. Also, three accounts and three more properties have been put under surveillance by the anti-graft commission in connection with the ongoing investigation of the ex-First Lady.
 
The three accounts belong to Aribawa Aruera Research Foundation; Finchley Top Homes Limited and AM-PM Network Limited.

The accounts were uncovered in the course of investigating the ex-First Lady and Aribawa Aruera Research Foundation, The Nation learnt from sources close to the investigation. 
 
The anti-graft commission is suspecting a business relationship between Mrs. Jonathan and Finchley Top Homes Limited and AM-PM Network Limited.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed that huge slush funds might have been laundered through the foundation and the two firms.
 
A report indicated that Aruera Foundation is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) with RC No 22805.
 
It said: “Huge funds were suspected to have been laundered into the accounts of the above mentioned companies and properties worth billions of naira were allegedly acquired by ex-First Lady Patience Jonathan through the aforementioned companies.

“Detectives were able to track transactions through open source information from interbank settlement

“The ex-First Lady and five others are trustees of Aribawa Foundation. Intelligence from Abuja Geographical Information Service (AGIS) revealed that a multi-billion naira property, Plot No. 1758B06 in Mabushi Area, belongs to the foundation.
 
“The said property is not such that a state Permanent Secretary in person of Mrs. Patience Jonathan can afford.

“The property should be marked as under investigation and interim forfeiture order be secured.”
 
The ex-First Lady is being probed in connection with three  other assets –  Plot 96(DO5) in Karsana ;  Plot 7109  (E18) in Wasa; and Plot 30 (DO3) in Idogwari.
 
Besides, EFCC detectives have turned their searchlight on the ex-First Lady’s relationship with Finchley Top Homes Limited and AM-PM Network Limited. 
 
 Another source added: “We have conducted searches at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on the two companies whose accounts were earlier frozen alongside that of the ex-First Lady over $5.8 million which was reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
 
“They were among the five companies and one Esther Oba said to be having a total sum of N7.4 billion in six banks.
 
“But their counsel Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) succeeded in unfreezing the account on April 6 at the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.
 
“This is a new investigation. It is too early to return any verdict on the two companies because our detectives are looking into their books.”

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