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Patience Jonathan’s billions split Nigerians

Former president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba believes the anti-graft war can be better prosecuted.

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“I do not want to comment on that but the anti-corruption war can be better…” said Agbakoba. To rights activist, Yinka Odumakin, it would bode well if the Econimic and Financial Crimes Commission  (EFCC) challenge those perceived to be corrupt with facts rather than going public with them on the pages of newspapers.

“The system of media trial by the EFCC is not the right thing. “The anti-graft body should finish with their thorough investigation before making it known to the public.

“The public has been made to know that they have been recovering money. “In the case of Patience Jonathan, if the EFCC has its facts, it should come with it.

“Let it do its investigative job thoroughly and come out with its facts.They need to do proper investigation before this media orchestration. This is because we have heard this kind of thing before and that all kinds of money were returned. I feel that in fighting the anti-corruption war, the EFCC should ensure that it carries out a thorough investigation and come out with concrete evidence before  making their findings public.

“The agency is not supposed to prejudice the public’s mind before prosecuting the person.

“They should be sure of what they are doing so that the truth can come out and the public would now know what to believe. People are now hearing all kinds of fallacious things and people are  finding it difficult to believe everything they hear from the agency…”

Constitutional lawyer, Fred Agbaje, last night defended the clampdown on the account of former First Lady but insisted on due process.

Agbaje told Newsmen that the Act establishing the anti-corruption agency empowered it to seek the freezing of account of individuals perceived to be involved in money laundering.

“Section 3 of the Act establishing the EFCC empowered it to take action if they feel that the signatory to the account wasn’t entitled to such an amount.”

He, however, noted that the EFCC “ must go to court to seek a judicial temporary order to freeze such an account.

“It is to prevent the account from being depleted. So, they must act, pro actively.”

The constitutional lawyer recalled that similar action was taken against the Ekiti State  Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

Agbaje cautioned that the anti-corruption agency must mandatorily seek judicial action before freezing account of any suspect.

“They must seek a court order, because we are under a democracy and under rule of law. They can be sued for damages if due process wasn’t followed.”

At the weekend, the EFCC traced an additional $5m to the Skye Bank account of Dame Patience, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, after the commission traced an initial $15 million to an account opened by her husband’s former aide on Domestic Affairs, Waripamo Dudafa.

This brings to $20 million, the total amount so far traced to the former first lady.

As part of investigations into a money laundering case against her husband’s former aide, the commission traced four company accounts to him with a balance of $15 million.

The EFCC subsequently charged Dudafa and the four companies with money laundering.

The four companies accounts, which have since been frozen, 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.

Patience has sued Skye Bank for N200 million for freezing her bank accounts and giving the EFCC vital information about her finances.

One Sammie Somiari, who deposed to an affidavit on her behalf, claimed that the EFCC placed a ‘No Debit Order’ on the four accounts in July, in the course of probing Dudafa.

13 Comments on Patience Jonathan’s billions split Nigerians

  1. What about Buratai and Dambazzau… The hypocrisy of APC stinks

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  2. Good for her

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  3. They should leave this woman abeg

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  4. Comment reserved

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  5. The bottom line is if Patience Jonathan and her other accomplices forged the signature of their wards and used them as disguise to deposits the money in skye bank
    The press all over the world cannot do without publicing high profile cases like this one
    Patience should present her facts about where she got the money from by presenting all her business and tax receipts

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  6. Very good one

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  7. dis is serious ,an immediate decision must be made on this jonathan family OOOO

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  8. Adesanya ifeoluwa // September 12, 2016 at 9:16 am // Reply

    dont come and blow grammar ooo

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  9. okoro precious // September 12, 2016 at 9:17 am // Reply

    nice!!!

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  10. Still no news about Dambazau and Buratai loots. Is there cover up?

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  11. EFCC are just blowing hot air everywhere in the country causing confusion. I beg where are Dambazau and Buratai loots. Nigerian want to know update.

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  12. Some Nigerians will not stop amazing me. Some $20m is traced to Patience Jonathan & some Nigerians are saying she should be left alone, these same shameless and very ignorant Nigerians are the ones that will complain that the economic situation of the country is biting very hard on them. U now ask: if we leave Patience and her fellow thieves with their loot, from where do these brain-lazy critics expect the govt. to get money to try to resolve our presently bad economic situation. Moreover, I am not aware that it has become a defence that when somebody is accused of committing an offence, he or she will plead that Mr. A or Mrs. B did the same thing but but have not been arraigned. EFCC should not only still hold that money, they should search for more and seize it too, let her shamelessly go to court and tell Nigerians through the court what businesses she did that gave her that amount of money, not minding the fact that some of our SANs will be falling over themselves scrambling to get her brief so they can get their own cut from the loot. SHAMELESS THIEVES!

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  13. Rightly said Ed. Thank u. When a lie has stayed in d office for too long, truth now become despicable.

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