Patience Jonathan writes Magu, says $31.4m was for her medical bills

Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has written a letter the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) explicating that the $31.4 million connected   to the financial fraud levelled against Mr. Waripamo Dudafa by EFCC was for the payment of the medical bills she incurred in London in 2013.


The monies in a local bank and claimed by Mrs. Jonathan were placed on a No Debit Order in the course of investigations into the financial affairs of Mr. Waripamo Dudafa, who served as Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Patience Jonathan claimed ownership of the $31.4 million in the affidavit before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

In the affidavit by Sammie Somiari a legal practitioner on behalf of Patience Jonathan claims that it was Dudafa who helped Mrs Patience Jonathan to open the four bank accounts which the EFCC froze.

This made the EFCC to file an amended 17-count against Dudafa and seven others, including the four companies, with the defendants being accused of conspiring to conceal the monies which the EFCC claimed they ought to have known formed parts of the proceeds of an unlawful act.

The former first lady in her letter to the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu by her lawyers, Granville Abibo (SAN) and Co enjoined the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Skye Bank to lift the restriction placed on the accounts.

From left: President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor praying for President Goodluck Jonathan and his family during Praise and Thanksgiving Ceremony for First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan in Abuja on Sunday From left: President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor praying for President Goodluck Jonathan and his family during Praise and Thanksgiving Ceremony for First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan in Abuja in 2013.

In the letter Patience Jonathan admitted that the she is the sole signatory to the accounts and  the accounts were card-base.

She further went to say that she has been using the account to pay for her medical bill and other personal purposes and that she is a law-abiding citizen.

“It is noteworthy to emphasise that the said accounts, which were in US dollar denomination, were card-based accounts and our client is the sole signatory to these accounts.

“Our client has been operating the said accounts using the cards for her medical bill payments and purchases for her private purposes without any let or hindrance.

“Our client was therefore surprised when the said cards stop functioning on July 7, 2016, or thereabout. Our client immediately, thereupon, contacted Skye Bank Plc through our solicitors.

‘‘It was only then that the bank officials informed our client that the said accounts were placed on a ‘No Debit Order’ following investigations and instruction from your commission and this is without notice to our client by either the bank or the commission.

“It is in the light of the foregoing that we urge you to use your good offices to vacate the ‘No Debit/Freezing Order’ placed on the said accounts.”

“Despite the foregoing, our client, who is a law-abiding citizen, has watched with surprise how efforts are being made surreptitiously to indirectly harass or harangue her and short-change her of her personal funds in breach of her fundamental human rights.

“We urge you sir, to kindly intervene to stop the untoward and wrongful actions of your officials to embarrass, inconvenience and short-change our client.”

Madam Patience Jonathan, on the 17 of February in 2013, had said she died and woke up after seven days during her illness for almost three months.

Patience Jonathan testimony.

According to her testimony in 2013  she said she underwent seven surgery operations within one month and the doctors had given up hope on her survival.

“I remember when Chief Obasanjo was the President of the country, I was close to his late wife, Stella. We worshiped together in this chapel.

It was a painful moment for me that time when she (Stella) died and her corpse was brought here. “That was how my corpse would have been brought here.

It was not an easy experience for me. I actually died, I passed out for more than a week. My intestine and tummy were opened. “I am not Lazarus but my experience was similar to his.

My doctors said all hope was lost. “A black doctor in London who is with us in this service was flown in when the situation became critical. It was God himself in His infinite mercy that said I will return to Nigeria. God woke me up after seven days. “I know that some people somehow leaked the information that I was dead.

They are people that I trust and rely on; to them, I was dead and I would never return to the country alive. Some of them even sold my things off. “I won’t say everything here. It is the Lord’s doing that I returned alive.

When God says yes, nobody can say no. “People are always afraid of operation (surgery) but in my own case, while my travail lasted, I was begging for it (surgery) after the third operation because I was going to the theatre everyday.

To read more  click “It was God who saw me through. I did eight or nine operations within one month. It was not an easy one. “The day I came back, I said God I have nothing to say, I offer myself to you. I will be doing things that will touch the lives of the less privileged. God gave me second chance.



  1. Chaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! @ N155/$1 is N4.867billion, @N400/$1 is N12.56billion. It is well. Even if it is head or brain transplant she underwent…………………………

  2. 31 million dollars for surgery nt even naira , jesus is lord did u use d money to buy extra life in hell niii ,and dey shoutn buari ,see aunty dame dat has doomed Nigeria ,thieves husband with wife

  3. I wonder if something is wrong with patient Jonathan’s cognitive ability
    The critical element here is the source of the money and not what it is meant for
    All she has to do to get let off is to produce all her business and tax reciepts acquired in the course of her earning such a huge amount of public fund

  4. @Sunny, u said it all. I can not remember any Nigerian asking Patience what she was to use the money for. What we are asking Patience is to tell us Nigerians what businesses she did to earn that kind of money and the evidence of taxes paid on such “income”. Whatever the ailment one is treating with that kind of money, one may be tempted to ask if it will not benefit mankind better if u use that money to provide better live for the living instead of wasting it on somebody who may as well be dead if the person needs that amount of money to stay “alive”!

  5. I kind of wonder why some people are alarmed or surprised that Mrs Jonathan claimed to own 31 million dollars under investigation by the EFCC. Did not her husband severally said that stealing is not corruption?
    What interest me here is the source of the huge money. By the way, why must dollar not a scarce in circulation when the likes of our first lady held on to those that should be in circulation?
    In my opinion, most of the political office holders in the past administration in particular, should be investigated.

  6. Tank god d money never cross to oversea . Na we get am . We no need Obama and world bank to get dis one bak . As jona go niger state. Buhari change begins me u said o

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