$15 million scandal: Patience Jonathan accuses EFCC of hiring mercenaries to plead guilty | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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Former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan has picked holes in the authenticity of the representatives of the four companies who pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of money laundering at a Federal High Court in Lagos, presided over by Justice Babs Kuewumi.


The 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants told the court through their counsel that their clients were challenging the validity of the representatives of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited; and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited on the basis that they failed to produce a letter of authority to represent the companies as required under section 477 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

The companies are facing a 15-count 2nd Amended Charge along with Waripamo Dudafa, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, and two others. While Dudafa and the two others pleaded not guilty, the fourth to seventh defendants whose authenticity as the true representatives of the company was challenged proceeded to curiously plead guilty and admitted culpability before the court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has since frozen the companies’ accounts with Skye Bank, while Mrs Jonathan has sued the commission and the bank, laying claims to the accounts.

The former First Lady’s through her media aide, Chima Osuji alleged that the EFCC presented four unknown people as representatives of the companies, all of who did not show letters authorising them by their respective boards to represent them in the case. “This is a clear evidence of the desperation of the prosecution to pull down the former First Lady and confiscate her hard-earned money,” he quipped.

Osuji stated: “It is an irony. it was the former first lady who went to court for the repatriation of her confiscated money when she realised that the EFCC and its co-travellers were playing politics with this issue after she had come out publicly to say that the said money belongs to her and that she has all evidence to prove the sources of her money. Up till this very moment, EFCC has refused to interrogate or invite her for questioning.

He further said: “The biggest twist in court on Thursday was that the fourth to seventh defendants pleaded guilty to all the 15-count charges.

 It is clear that these unknown faces were agents of the EFCC, who have been stage-managed and tutored to come to court to complicate the case as a strategy to confiscate her money.” The aide reiterated the respect of his boss for the sanctity and integrity of the judiciary as the bastion of hope for every citizen of the country.

 He however expressed disappointment that Mrs. Jonathan well-earned image was being maligned in the court of public opinion through the “tissues of lies being churned out by the EFCC in respect of the matter.”

He continued that “Mrs Jonathan is not a Director, shareholder, promoter and/or participant in any of the four companies now under trial, and that she was the sole signatory to all the said accounts, contrary to the fabrication that she used her driver and cook as proxies”.

 Finally, he said Mrs Jonathan has denied ever receiving any monies from any unknown sources into her accounts and that the accounts were opened in order to facilitate her travel overseas particularly for medical treatment, sundry purchase for herself and her late mother Mrs. Charity Oba (Mama Sisi).

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  1. Her hard earned money.....how did she earn 15 million dollar...thief

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    1. Read the article before condemning the poor lady, she said the EFCC didn't invite her to explain how she got the money and that she can prove the source of the money. How can they (EFCC) hire false representatives to plead guilty just to malign the image of the former first lady? This is cruelty and should be condemned in its totality.

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  2. All these northern Muslim dominated agencies are hell bent of persecuting the opposition without even the benefit of a trial. The forcefully steal monies from people,s accounts and delve same into their private farms and cattle businesses. I have no issue with prosecuting accused people but when the accusation is falsified to malign people of a particular tribe, zone or creed, then it becomes suspicious. Why coerce unrecognised northerners to come and plead guilty to charges that they are not supposed to represent? Shameful wahhabist agenda.

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    1. "All these northern Muslim dominated agencies" its time to add religion into issues less concern with religion. What has Muslim got to do with stealing from the treasury because you have opportunity to be the president wife. Why not call a spade a spade. you did not questioned the kind of business she was doing but have the audacity to believe "unrecognized northerners to come and plead guilty to charges" See your life.

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  3. APC party are thieves themselves, they are more corrupt than the former administration, see how Nigeria has become worst under them, there is corruption everywhere due to the hardship

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  4. How much the northerners wives have stolen compared to what we are talking about here. There is no fairness in this EFCC case. Wife of IBB who talked about what she stole in the name of women development program. All the governors wives in the north, no one is looking into their gross mismanagement of public fund. Tinubu & his wife, APC is not asking EFCC to investigate them. You people need stop this one sided judgement (whinch hunting) of a thing.

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  5. All this bastards claiming religious or ethnic witch hunts,may d biggest calamity befall u and your family,Nigeria will not miss u.Has anyone seen the polluted waterways in the south south ? The area is a disgrace and I am surprise the unrest in that region isn't worse than it already is.It is a disgrace that the region looks like that and the citizens need to hold the government,the oil companies ass to the fire until they do d needful.People like patience,Edwin Clark,Tompolo,Asari,Gej shouldn't be allowed to step foot in that region ever again.They are thieves and not like d great saro wiwa,they r out to line their pockets and nothing else.patience and gej should be probed and made to face d full brute of the law,the same goes for dansuki,any Yoruba or igbo leaders found wanting.I could care less if it is my father or mother,u break d law,face d consequences.Jonathan stole money in cohort with the Yoruba,Hausa and middle belt people,they are all friends until it is time to face d consequences,then they inject tribe & religion to rile up myopic minded ppl.

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    1. Shut your gutter mouth please...face the issue at hand...why has your efcc not invited her for questioning,what are they afraid of...the woman said she can explain the source of the money,why not invite her for questioning...its very simple...

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    2. Why am I not surprise that an igbo man called slave Nwoye will be d one to come up with a vile statement.No wonder your region is in a dump too,every man is out for themselves.You are busy crying for biafra and supporting any group that shares your mutual hatred for the hausa and Yoruba people,but ignoring the marginalization of the igbo tribes from d scheme of things.I actually believed d idiots clamoring for biafra are agents of some sinister ppl out to keep d igbos from d seat of power.While u are stupid here fighting for a corrupt lady from a region that can already boast of having their native son as president,d power that be are already scheming to zone the presidency to d north or southwest again.I wanna see you rightfully clamor for that rather than stick up for a thief.Are u blind to d issue of zoning ? Why hasn't the presidency zoned to your region ? Because fools like u are busy sticking up for thieves,injecting tribal sentiments while neglecting the actual issues that should be addressed

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    3. God will punish you,you are an idiot...look at this animal,with all the foolish leadership you feel you people have,yet your people are the ones been malnourished.....your zone is the most under develope,filled with uneducated illetrates..your people are the beggars we have on the streets,..how dare you compare industrious igbo people to your lazy people...I just said she should be invited for questioning, is that not the sane thing to do??so why all the noise without an invitation... Your generations are slaves...idiot....

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  6. She is bold enough to lay claims to the money why not invite her to explain her source before you crucify her.

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