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Former Nigerian First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Monday visited the Maitama branch of the Skyebank in Abuja to withdraw part of her $5.9million recently unfrozen by a Lagos High Court. But she met a brickwall.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had procured a stay-of-execution of the judgement and also simultaneously filed an appeal against the judgment given last week on 6 April by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun,

News spread quickly that she visited the bank on Monday, following another visit on Friday 7 April. Unconfirmed reports said that she wanted to withdraw as much as $1million, but was given $100,000 by the bank.

She returned at 10:00 a.m. and had a closed-door meeting with an Executive Director of the bank.

She finally left the bank at 4:05 p.m. but declined to speak to newsmen who sought to know why she was there. One of her aides, who declined to disclose his name, told newsmen that “everything was okay”.

A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Thursday vacated its order which in 2016 froze the Skye Bank account of the ex-first lady. The account had a balance of $5.9 million dollars at the period.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, set aside the ‘No-Debit Order’ which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission earlier placed on the account on allegations that the money found in it was a proceed of crime.

Patience Jonathan’s lawyer, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), had urged the court to unfreeze Jonathan’s account on the grounds that she was not a party in the suit leading to the freezing order.

Citing judicial authorities, Adedipe contended that the suit was an abuse of court process as the court had no Jurisdiction to make an order against one who is not a party in a suit filed before the court. The EFCC did not file a response against Adedipe’s suit.


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13 Comments
  • real

    EFCC is just freezing people account and not really proving anything. How high level politician or their associates have being found guilty and sentenced to jail? This corruption fight has completely turned into harassment. yes most of this people looted the country in some form, however we need conviction not harassment.

    • Patriot

      How did you arrive at the conclusion that they are just freezing ppls accounts? Have they frozen yours? Only those whose hands are unclean have reasons to fear and complain or do u have skeleton in your cupboard?

      • ade

        Hey, what “Real” is saying is that we need evidence of commensurate punishment for these offenders so as to deter others and bring justice and help the society, or else the whole EFCC and corruption fight would be a monkey CIRCUS! “Corruption enriches the individual but destroys the society!”

      • ezue

        If so, why is Obasanjo’s account NOT CLOSED????????

        • Patriot

          Bcos you refused to send all the verifiable evidences you have against OBJ to EFCC. Pls send it today and see if they will not act. EFCC don’t close ppls accounts based only on rumors, you have to send a petition backing it up any evidence they can verify. Look at the case of GEJ, evidences abound here and there, a few of which include
          1. Humongous raw cash flown to South Africa in Oritshejafor’s private jet
          2. Unexplainable millions in Mama P’s account
          3. Arms money sharing as confirmed by witnesses like Dansuki, Mentu, Obanikoro etc
          4. Billions flown in two aircrafts to Ekiti for election rigging
          5. Using Deziani to Bribe INEC in Millions to compromise election
          6. Bribery of traditional rulers, smaller parties, thugs and millitants with millions of Nigerian dorlars to buy election
          7. The recently exposed 200million Malabu bribery
          8. And many others that are no longer secrets

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  • Bright Ezeh

    5. 9 million dollars where is her shop and what is she selling, criminals see how Nigerians are dying in poverty, no light no water, shame on Nigerian corrupt leaders

    • ade

      It is disgusting! There is too much corruption in Nigeria. People like this should be shot! Where did she get the money, with no major enterprise or verifiable source of this huge money! It makes those working honestly look like fools, its very unfair, as obviously this is a proceed of crime. They even gave her 100,000USD (at ex rate of 350 that is 35m naira!just like that) not even 100,000 naira. Nigeria is not a country, but a banana republic! So much wealth, and the people are suffering! Something has to be done to correct this anomaly!

      • Adeola

        You both are great Nigerians and not the thugs that talks rubbish in this platform because of their poverty of ideas

        • ade

          Thank you sir/ma. Nigeria is far richer than many European countries and Americas, that people are running to, yet, because we are ruled by people with no sense of value, the wrong set of people, round pegs in square holes, the majority of people suffer, no good infrastructures, bad education, lack everywhere, and yet plunderers continue to have a field day in Nigeria. It is sad. If we can can have several upright people in the right positions, that form a critical mass, maybe things will change.

    • Emeka

      Tell me one invention credited to her name, that generated such humongous amount of greenbacks? Posterity won’t be kind with those looters, mark my word!

  • The Trib3sman

    Patience Jonathan has been a prolific trader for years….right from the days when her husband was an assistant director at OMPADEC. Pls return her money to her haba!

  • Naijaman

    How did the EFCC block Madam P’s account again? She managed to withdraw from the account, abi? Am I misreading something from this reporting? She met a brick wall, but was able to grab a handful of $100K, the equivalent of ₦410 million, ehhh? Brick wall, indeed!! Diarissss God! Madam P, abeg carry your small change dey waka dey go! No shaking!!