- The sum of N1.04bn allegedly linked to Patience Jonathan is to be deposited in the treasury single account of the federal government following a forfeiture ordered secured by the EFCC
- The EFCC says it secured the forfeiture order after it received an intelligence alleging that a bank account domiciled in a bank, was said to have stored huge sum of money that is not being used by anybody
The Federal High Court sitting in Kano has ordered an interim forfeiture of the sum of N1.04bn allegedly hidden the bank account of a company allegedly linked to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, following a suit filed by the EFCC.
The anti-graft commission in a statement on Thursday, January 31, said the forfeiture order was granted by Justice Lewis Allagoa against Magel Resort LTD.
The EFCC stated that it secured the forfeiture order after it received an intelligence alleging that a bank account domiciled in a bank, was said to have stored huge sum of money that is not being used by anybody.
“Upon receipt of the intelligence, the Commission swung into action by conducting preliminary investigation which revealed that the former first lady and some relatives of the former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan are Directors of the Company,” the anti-graft commission said.
“Others named as directors of the company are Oba Oba Tamunotonye, Goodluck Jonathan Aruera, Goodluck Jonathan Ariwabai and Esther Fynface.
"While tracing the origin of the money, it was discovered that N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) was deposited on the 20th May, 2015 by Esther Fynface, who is alleged to be in charge of the company while N1bn only was transferred in two tranches on the 25th May, 2015 from PAGMAT OIL AND GAS NIGERIA LIMITED a company that is not incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission.”
The EFCC stated that the court further ordered that the forfeited sum be deposited in the treasury single account of the federal government.
Meanwhile, an application by ex-minister of education and former governor of Kano state Ibrahim Shekarau to attend President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign rally in Kano has been declined by a Federal High Court in the state.
Daily Trust reports that Shekarau, Aminu Wali and Mansur Ahmed are being tried over alleged N950m campaign fraud.
Legit.ng gathers that the application was rejected on Thursday, January 31, by Justice Lewis Allogoa, who adjourned sitting till Friday, February 1, for continuation of the trial.
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