- Esther Oba, Patience Jonathan's sister says the money found in her account by the EFCC were donations, estacodes
- She disclosed this while testifying in a suit filed by the anti-graft agency seeking to forfeit the sums of $8.4 million and N9.2 billion linked to the former first lady
- According to her, she opened the account on the advise former EFCC’s chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde
A younger sister to Dame Patience Jonathan, Nigeria's former first lady, has revealed the source of the money found in her account by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to Esther Oba, the $429,381.87 (N154,570,427.34) found in her bank account were donations and estacodes she earned while serving as a presidential aide.
Oba disclosed this while testifying in a suit filed by the anti-graft agency seeking to forfeit the sums of $8.4 million and N9.2 billion allegedly linked to Dame Jonathan, New Telegraph reports.
“The account is mine and the money in it is mine. When I worked with the former president from 2007 to 2015, they gave us estacodes whenever we travelled abroad.
“Also, when my mother died, I got a lot of gifts. My sister (Mrs. Jonathan) introduced me to her friends and they gave me cash gifts and others.
“Third, when I had my first child after 14 years of marriage without a child, I got a lot of gifts. Some were hard currencies, land, cars – anything anyone can give as a gift," she said.
Going further, she claimed that she opened the account on the advise of former EFCC’s chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde.
"When Lamorde came to visit her, he advised her to open a card account. I took the advice too and opened the Skye Bank account. When our mother died, she also received a lot of gifts, some in hard currencies. People came around because of her position and gave her gifts.
“The former first lady also had an NGO called the Women for Change and Development Initiative through which she received several donations. Even governors made donations towards the NGO. The donations were voluntarily made,” she said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported moves by the EFCC were underway to effect the final forfeiture of $5.7 million and N2.4 billion belonging to PPatience Jonathan, through the ruling of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
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