Alleged Money Laundering: Court Freezes Patience Jonathan’s Accounts In Five Banks

Alleged Money Laundering: Court Freezes Patience Jonathan's Accounts In Five BanksA Federal High Court in Lagos has frozen multiple accounts in five Nigerian banks allegedly belonging to former first lady, Patience Jonathan over allegations of money laundering.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun made the order freezing the accounts after listening to an exparte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), sometime in November.

The order, according to the Commission, covers Mrs. Jonathan’s accounts in Ecobank Plc, Skye Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Diamond Bank Plc and Fidelity Bank Plc.

The anti-graft agency said that the move to request the freezing of the accounts became necessary after it received intelligence report, which showed that the accounts ought to be investigated.

The ex-parte application to freeze the accounts was supported by an originating summons sworn to by one Abdulahi Tukur, an operative of EFCC, and filed before the court by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo.

It requested the court to urgently direct the managers of the bank accounts to, in the interim, forfeit the money in the accounts, to prevent further tampering with same.

After issuing the order, Justice Olatoregun directed the anti-graft agency to enter into an undertaking to pay damages to the former first lady if it turns out that the order should not have been made.

One of the account, domiciled with Skye Bank plc, is said to have a balance of $5,316.66.

Also affected by the order are five companies namely; Finchley Top Homes Limited, Aribawa Aruera, Magel Resort Limited, AM-PM Global Network Limited and Pansy Oil and Gas Limited.

Also affected is one Esther Oba who is said to have a balance of $429,381.87 in her Diamond Bank account while the companies collectively have a balance totaling N7,418,829,290.94 (Seven billion four hundred and eighteen million eight hundred and twenty nine thousand two hundred and ninety naira ninety four kobo).

President Buhari Felicitates With Ajoke Mohammed On Her 75th Birthday

Muhammadu Buhari, Ajoke MohammedPresident Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with former First Lady, Mrs Ajoke Mohammed, who clocked 75 years on Monday.

The President in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, joined family members, friends and well-wishers in celebrating the worthy and exemplary life of Mrs Mohammed.

On the happy occasion of her 75th birthday, he said she has consistently shown that the entire society could be truly enriched through building strong and successful families.

President Buhari also applauded the remarkable contributions made by the wife of late General Murtala Mohammed to environmental preservation, as a renowned horticulturist and leading conservationist.

He prayed that Almighty God would grant the dear wife of late military Head of State many more years of good health and joyful living with her children, grandchildren, relatives, friends and associates across Nigeria.