Lawyer Says Part Of Money In Patience Jonathan’s Accounts Belonged To Her...

Lawyer Says Part Of Money In Patience Jonathan’s Accounts Belonged To Her Late Mother

By Ogala Osoka | Staff Reporter on September 25, 2016
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Nigeria's former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan | The Trent

Patience Jonathan’s lawyer has said that the two accounts which were frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, do not belong to the former first lady but to her mother, Madam Charity Fyneface Oba.

Charles Ogboli, one of the lawyers who have spoken to defend Mrs. Jonathan, while on Channels Television’s Sunrise on Friday, September 23, 2016, said only three of the accounts belongs to the wife of former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

“That is not true. The first lady did not hold five accounts. They are three accounts. The first lady was the signatory of one account and the mother was a signatory to the other two accounts,” Ogboli

“These accounts were not on a company’s name; it is on a personal data name of the first lady. If you check, the BVN showed clearly on a personal name.

“And if you go through the BVN, it shows that it is her personal account; it is not connected with the companies facing trial.

“The first lady was never privy to the companies standing trial. The money that is in the account ($5 million) should be left to the First Lady,” he said.

Explaining further that Patience Jonathan has nothing to do with most of the accounts frozen by the commission, the lawyer said:

“What I am trying to say is that the domestic servant, Dudafa, who was asked to open accounts, went ahead to use a company’s account which the First Lady discovered and said I am not part of this,” he said.

“She said ‘I am not a director of this company, neither am I a shareholder. I did not present any certificate of incorporation, I didn’t ask them to open any account using a company or companies’. The discovery was made between 2013 and 2014 and immediately she kicked against it.

“So, you don’t link her with the company that she does not know anything about.”

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