EFCC Makes Decisive Move Against Ex-First Lady, Patience Jonathan

 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC’s probe into the former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has taken a new turn following the discovery of additional properties believed to belong to her.

The additional properties include; two duplexes at 2/3 Bauchi Street; landed property with blocks at Ambowei Street; three Luxury apartments of 4-bedroom each at Ambowei Street; Grand View Hotel on Airport road, all in Port Harcourt and two marble duplexes at Otioko GRA by Isaac Boro Expressway; Glass House on Sani Abacha Expressway; Akemfa Etie Plaza by AP filling Station, Melford Okilo Road; Aridolf Resort, Wellness and Spa along Sani Abacha Expressway, all in Yenagoa.

The discovery comes after the EFCC had earlier uncovered five choice buildings, including a N5 billion hotel in Abuja belonging to the former first lady.

The EFCC following the new discovery has submitted a letter to the Bayelsa State Head of Civil Service requesting the pay status of the former ex-first lady along with allowance earned during her time as the Permanent Secretary.

A source within the anti-graft agency said: “The letter was submitted and duly acknowledged. We already have the acknowledgement copy with us for record purpose.

“We asked for Mrs. Jonathan’s salary and remuneration status as a Permanent Secretary while in office. We demanded to know if she was paid in dollars or in any other currency.
“We wrote the letter in line with Section 7 of the EFCC Act because we suspected that she has been living above her means.”

Section 7 of the EFCC Act says: “The commission has power to (a) cause any investigations to be conducted as to whether any person, corporate body or organization has committed any offence under this Act or other law relating to economic and financial crimes.

“(b) Cause investigations to be conducted into the properties of any person if it appears to the commission that the person’s lifestyle and extent of the properties are not justified by his source of income.”

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