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Mind blowing $175m alleged cash fraud traced to Patience Jonathan

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Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan may be facing another round of scrutiny as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is currently investigating how $175,750,000 deposited in an account linked to her was withdrawn without trace.

The money was reportedly deposited in the account of Pluto Property and Investment Limited with Skye Bank.

Mrs Jonathan has been in the eye of the storm over the $15.5million found in the accounts of four companies. The funds in the account were placed under a no debit order by the EFCC.

The accounts were allegedly opened on her behalf by a former presidential aide, Warimopawei Dudafa, who has remained in EFCC detention and has raised the alarm that the agency was trying to force him to implicate Mrs Jonathan.

The former First Lady however came out to claim the money, saying it belongs to her. This development had put her on the spot, even as she sued the anti-graft agency, claiming damages for placing an embargo on her money.

The four companies involved, Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development & Investment Co. Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited, were convicted by Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, Lagos, after they pleaded guilty to the charges brought against them.

In the latest development, sources at the EFCC, revealed that the money was deposited in four tranches between February 4, 2014 and April 1, 2015 by Toru Wonyeng Ibuomo and Friday Davies who are currently wanted by the EFCC.

The agency is seeking to establish the source of the money believed to be a classic case of money laundering, and how the cash withdrawal was without trace and where it was diverted to.

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Giving an insight on how the deposits were made, a source at the EFCC said: “All the deposits were in cash, a development which showed that it was a pure case of money laundering.

“On the 21st of February, the account was reported to have recorded a cash deposit of $46,500,000 by the General Manager of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited , Toru Wonyeng Ibuomo.

“Three days after (24th of February, 2014), another cash deposit of $31,000,000 was made by the same General Manager.

“Friday Davies made a cash deposit of $49,250,000 into the same account. The last tranche of $49,000,000 was deposited by Davies on Apri 1, 2015.”

Speaking further, the source said the EFCC was already on the trail of the two depositors, as they are needed to assist in the investigation into the payments they made into the account.

“It is more curious when the bank details did not show evidence of withdrawals. Yet the whereabouts of the cash was unknown. We hope it is not a private banking arrangement to hide slush funds”, the source said.

By Timothy Enietan -Matthews….

 

 

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  1. JOHNSON PETER

    November 14, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Jonathan’s government really encouraged stealing. Though I remembered he said” stealing is not corruption “. So all Patience did is not corruption.

    • Nonso Ezeugo

      November 16, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Hahahah yes stealing is not corruption that is why Jonathan was been remove as the president very soon killing will not be corruption too.ndi Ara

  2. yanju omotodun

    November 14, 2016 at 9:58 am

    They will still trace more to patience Jonathan’s account. The woman packed all nigeria

  3. Margret Dickson

    November 14, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Seriously, I’m beginning to think Jonathan used his wife to embezzle money because I don’t understand what Patience needs all this money for. I can’t figure

  4. Johnson Amadi

    November 14, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    “$175,750,000 deposited in an account linked to her was withdrawn without trace.” I salute Mama Peace and her strategic way of stealing money. She’s smarter and more corrupt than her husband, Goodluck.

    • Joy Madu

      November 16, 2016 at 7:12 am

      This people should leave peace and Jonathan alone if they steal the money that means it is there turn to shine

  5. chichi emerue

    November 16, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Stealing is allow if only things is moving fine in this country. I believe Jonathan and peace time is better because they are stealing and disame time things is going well in the country than buhari government

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