The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 4 domestic servants including a driver and a houseboy, whose names were used to open bank accounts for Mrs Dame Patience Jonathan, former first lady of Nigeria.
According to the agency, the accounts were opened in 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 accounts for those four companies have since been frozen by the EFCC. They had a balance of $15m while another account, which bears Patience Jonathan’s name had a balance of $5m.
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Mr Sammie Somiari was deposed on behalf of the ex-President’s wife. He said the former first lady was the owner of the money in the accounts. He revealed that she gave millions of dollars to the then Special Adviser to the President on Domestic Affairs , Waripamowei Dudafa. The money was to be put inside bank accounts for her.
The EFCC however revealed that Dudafa used his domestic servant’s names to open the four other accounts. “We were investigating Dudafa when we stumbled on those four companies’ domiciliary accounts opened at Skye Bank with a balance of $15m. On further investigation, we were able to identify the directors of the companies”.
One EFCC operative explained that they detained the said directors. This was when they discovered that the men were Dudafa’s domestic servants. One was a houseboy, and another one also a driver. Their pictures were used to open the accounts and their signatures were forged.
Mrs Jonathan has however sued Skye Bank for freezing her accounts and giving EFCC vital information about her finances. She also wants the court to order Skye Bank to pay her damages worth N200m. Ths is for what her and her lawyers term a violation of her right to own personal properties. Her claim is based under Section 44 of the 1999 constitution.