Former First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan has revealed the source of over $15 milllion found in her bank accounts.
Jonathan has been embroiled in a battle with the EFCC over the legality of the funds, and in a statement through her lawyers, revealed the money was gifts she had received over the years.
The statement was part of a lawsuit filed against the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), accusing them off making malicious allegations.
“The funds in question were legitimate gifts from her friends and well-wishers over the last 15 years which she had been saving in order to utilize to upgrade family businesses and concerns which had been somewhat dormant by reason of the long period of her husband service as a public officer in Nigeria,” SERAP quoted the lawsuit as saying.
“The gifts were given in small contributions by several persons some of whom she cannot even now recall over this period of 15 years sometimes in as small a gift as N250,000 Naira. In order to preserve the value of these funds which she did not require for any purpose at the time she changed them into foreign exchange and kept them as cash for a long period in her home safe in Port Harcourt and Abuja.”
“It was when the family home in Otuoke was burnt down by hoodlums under the instigation of political adversaries in 2010 that she began to think about banking these gifts which had now grown to large sums in United States Dollars. In 2010 she therefore summoned one of her husband’s domestic aids, Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel Dudafa to assist her in opening bank accounts into which the funds could be deposited.”