Court orders forfeiture of N1.04bn traced to Patience Jonathan
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured an interim forfeiture of the sum of N1, 000,494,000 lodged in three deposits with Fidelity Bank Plc on May 20 and 25, 2015.
EFCC’s acting spokesperson, Tony Orilade, said in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja that the forfeiture order by the Federal High Court, sitting in Kano and presided over by Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa, was consequent upon a motion ex parte filed by the Commission seeking for the interim forfeiture of the money, which was found in the bank account of Magel Resort Limited, a company linked to the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.
He stated that the Commission had gotten information that a bank account domiciled in the bank had a huge sum of money that was not being used by anybody.
“Upon receipt of the intelligence, the EFCC swung into action by conducting preliminary investigation, which revealed that Mrs. Jonathan and some relatives of former President Goodluck Jonathan were directors of the company. Others named as directors are Oba Tamunotonye, Goodluck Jonathan Aruera, Goodluck Jonathan Ariwabai and Esther Fynface.
“In trying to trace the origin of the money, it was discovered that N500, 000 was deposited on May 20, 2015 by Fynface, who is alleged to be in charge of the company, while N1billion was transferred in two tranches on May 25, 2015 from Pagmat Oil And Gas Nigeria Limited, a company that was not incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).”
Orilade said while ruling on the motion, Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa held that: “An interim forfeiture order is granted to the federal government in the sum of N1, 000,494,000 in the bank account of the 1st respondent- Magel Resort Limited, 4011019546, which is maintained with 2nd respondent- Fidelity Bank Plc.”
The court further ordered that the forfeited sum be deposited in the Treasury Single Account (TSA) of the federal government.
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