$15 Million: EFCC arrests 4 domestic servants whose names were used to open bank accounts for Patience Jonathan | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper f


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested four domestic servants, including a driver and a houseboy, whose names were used to open bank accounts for Mrs Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Sources within the anti-graft agency said on Sunday that the companies’ accounts were opened at Skye Bank.

The companies are Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited, Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Globus Integrated Service Limited.

The four companies’ accounts, which have since been frozen by the EFCC, have a balance of about $15m while another account, which bears Patience Jonathan’s name, has $5m.

Mr. Sammie Somiari, who deposed to an affidavit on behalf of the ex-President’s wife, said the former First Lady was the owner of the money in the accounts.

She had revealed that she gave millions of dollars to the then Special Adviser to the President on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa, to open accounts for her.

Somiari, however, claimed that Dudafa opened five accounts for Patience and that only one of the accounts was in her name, while the other four were opened in the names of companies belonging to Dudafa.

A detective at the EFCC, however, revealed that Dudafa used his domestic servants’ names to open the four other accounts and then deposited the money into the accounts.

The operative added, “We were investigating Dudafa when we stumbled on those four companies’ domiciliary accounts opened at Skye Bank with a balance of about $15m. On further investigation, we were able to identify the directors of the companies.

“When we detained the directors, we found out that they were Dudafa’s domestic servants. One of them was a houseboy while another one was a driver. Their photographs were used in opening the accounts and their signatures were forged.

“We found out that these domestic servants were completely innocent because they had no access to the accounts. We have since released them. The sole signatory to the accounts was Patience Jonathan and she was issued with a special card, which is accepted worldwide. She has a separate account, which was opened in her name and has a balance of $5m.”

The detective said a lawyer, Amajuoyi Briggs, who allegedly helped Dudafa to perpetrate the fraud, would also be arraigned.

It was learnt that two Skye Bank executives, Demola Bolodeoku and Dipo Oshodi, who helped Dudafa to open the accounts on March 22, 2010, were also being investigated.

The detective added, “This is a clear case of fraud and there is no way the bank officials will say they did not know what was going on. They are under investigation and those found culpable will be arraigned.”

The EFCC operative said he could not immediately confirm if the transaction was reported to the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit.

He explained that the commission had discovered a trend which politicians used in laundering and concealing funds, saying it was becoming more rampant due to the operation of the Bank Verification Number which links all accounts owned by an individual.

He added, “What we have noticed is that in order to conceal funds, what politicians and top civil servants do is to open bank accounts in the name of family or friends and then make themselves the sole signatory to the account.

“Don’t forget that we traced about 17 bank accounts to the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.).

“Often times, they do this in connivance with bank officials and that is why the EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has said henceforth, whenever we are investigating a bank official, we will probe the entire bank as well because these officials usually act under the instruction of their superiors.”

Jonathan’s wife has, however, sued Skye Bank for freezing her bank accounts and giving the EFCC vital information about her finances.

She also wants the court to order Skye Bank to pay her damages in the sum of N200m for what she termed a violation of her right to own personal properties under Section 44 of the 1999 Constitution.

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  1. This woman and her husband uncle Jonathan has finished this country. Yet PDP supporters are stupidly blaming Buhari. This country was seriously milked by those PDP bastard. Please where did patience get that kind of money?

  2. EFCC/ICPC wuona weldone ooo! more greace 2 ur elbow!

  3. Violation of your right to own property abi. We shall see.

  4. http://Youthnize.com/?ref=65957

  5. Sued Skybank? Who is her lawyer

  6. The bankers should be prosecuted for opening account with dubious and false names.

  7. Lol. We must sue you for violation of our right to steal govt ptoperties. There is god o o o o

  8. So Patience can milk the country dry and open false accounts in other peoples names and still claimed "dia ris God Ooo"? Truly, there's God!

  9. She "patiently" stole our money. She should "patiently" wait for time in court.

  10. I think by now Nigerian will realised the past government is an enemy to this nation and posterity will surely judge them.

  11. EFCC has said their own syd of d story,let patience say hers u ppl should learn not 2 be gullible. Dis is a vindictive war against perceived presidents enemies.

    1. Very senseless and biased comment. Even after the woman has claimed ownership of the moneys and gone ahead to sue the bank? She's already guilty, period!

    2. But she has said her own nao. Rather naively though. She has said she owns the money,all the money opened in other peoples names and their signatures forged with her as sole signatory. That woman and her lawyers are extremely naive. In other climes with that single mistake, her case in court will be pretty quick and her time in jail very long.but this is naija nao

  12. who be saint? APC/PDP. you are all thieves.chikena.

  13. Walahi now I know this woman is daft and her lawyers worse.How did they allow her to admit to this? Does she or do they know the implications of admitting that she owns even part of this money?

  14. Pls let's try read and digest before commenting. She sued sky bank for disclosing her bank details to EFCC, however doesn't claim ownership of the other accounts. She has an account with the bank and that's what she's suing the bank for.

  15. When she was jumping from creek to no creek where were the educated fraudsters? Shaiii, stop sharing innocen blood oooo!


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