$15m Scandal: Patience Jonathan fights back, says EFCC wants to ruin her

patience-jonathan-640x360Embattled wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, on Thursday raised the alarm that the Economic and Financial rimes Commission (EFCC) was desperate to destroy her good name and confiscate her hard earned money.

Patience was reacting to the news of four companies linked to her purported $15million in Skye Bank accounts which pleaded guilty to the charge of money laundering preferred against them.

She contended that those who appeared in court for the four companies to plead guilty were not only unknown to the companies but also did not have the authority of the companies to represent them in court.

Patience alleged that the four persons that appeared in court were agents of the EFCC in its desperation to tarnish her image.

The former president’s wife stated this in a statement on Thursday by her media aide, Chima Osuji.

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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-earned money was confiscated.

Patience 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 belonged to her and that she had all evidence to prove the sources of her money.

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“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.