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.
Investment Company Limited, Seagate Property Development and Investment
Company Limited, Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and
Globus Integrated Service Limited.
since been frozen by the EFCC, have a balance of about $15m while
another account, which bears Patience Jonathan’s name, has $5m.
affidavit on behalf of the ex-President’s wife, said the former First
Lady was the owner of the money in the accounts.
of dollars to the then Special Adviser to the President on Domestic
Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa, to open accounts for her.
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.
revealed that Dudafa used his domestic servants’ names to open the four
other accounts and then deposited the money into the accounts.
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
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.
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.”
executives, Demola Bolodeoku and Dipo Oshodi, who helped Dudafa to open
the accounts on March 22, 2010, were also being investigated.
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.”
immediately confirm if the transaction was reported to the Nigeria
Financial Intelligence Unit.
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
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.
bank accounts to the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief
Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.).
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.”
Bank for freezing her bank accounts and giving the EFCC vital
information about her finances.
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.