Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Update: Dame Patience pleas to The EFCC to unfreeze her $31. 4milllion account

Ex-first Lady of Nigeria Dame Patience Jonathan wrote a letter to Ibrahim Magu, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) explaining that the $31.4 million found in her account is for her medical expenses.

Patience Jonathan (a. K. a Mama peace) initially filed a suit against the anti-corruption agency after the account linked to her was frozen.

The Guardian reports :that the account is being fingered as one of those involved in an alleged fraud case before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos but Mrs Jonathan's counsel, Gboyega Oduwole has filed a case before the court, informing that his client is unhappy with the EFCC over the recent move to freeze the account.

Vanguard newspaper also reports :that Patience wrote directly to the EFCC boss asking for the sanction on her account to be lifted.

In a letter through her lawyer, Sammie Somiari, the former first lady explained to Magu that she was a law-abiding citizen and used the account to pay for her medical bills and personal expenses.

"It is noteworthy to emphasise that the said accounts, which were in US dollar denomination, were card-based accounts and our client is the sole signatory to these accounts.

"Our client has been operating the said accounts using the cards for her medical bill payments and purchases for her private purposes without any let or hindrance. "Our client was therefore surprised when the said cards stop functioning on July 7, 2016, or thereabout. Our client immediately, thereupon, contacted Skye Bank Plc through our solicitors.

''It was only then that the bank officials informed our client that the said accounts were placed on a 'No Debit Order' following investigations and instruction from your commission and this is without notice to our client by either the bank or the commission.

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