TVC N. Former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan has claimed that two of the alleged fraudulent bank accounts traced to her were owned to her late mother, Madam Charity Fyneface Oba.
Speaking to news men, Mrs. Jonathan’s counsel, Mr.Charles Ogboli, admitted that only three of the five accounts in question could be traced to the ex-First Lady and her mum.
Ogboli, who is the third lawyer in three weeks to speak on behalf of Mrs. Jonathan, said:
“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.
“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.”
The lawyer stressed that the former Mrs. Jonathan had protested between 2013 and 2014 against the use of unknown companies to open accounts for her by her husband’s aide, Dr.Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel.
He 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.
“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.”
However, some Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are said to be rallying support for the ex-first lady in her battle with the EFCC over the freezing of about $19.8 million in her accounts.
“Some PDP Senators have been meeting on a daily basis on how to give support to Mrs. Jonathan. They even met on Thursday and the battle will involve a bit of propaganda too,” The Nation quoted a source as saying.
“At the appropriate time, we will reveal the identities of the affected senators based on intelligence report. The corrupt will always protect their own.
“Some of these senators are even the ones bankrolling a part of this battle between the former First Lady and the EFCC,” the source said.
The report of the EFCC investigative team had implicated Mrs Jonathan.
The report reads in part:
“Based on the investigation so far carried out, it has revealed that the four fraudulent VISA Platinum USD Card accounts used by Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan has a cumulative balance of $14,029.881.79 which has been swept Post No Debit Card category.
“Again, her personal account, different from the four fraudulent VISA Platinum USD Card accounts, bears the balance of $5,841,426.17.
“Considering the above stated findings, we can safely conclude that a prima facie case of conspiracy to retain proceeds of unlawful activities, retention of the proceeds of unlawful activities, money laundering contrary to Section 15(3) and 18(a) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and forgery contrary to Section 1(2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004 have been established against the aforementioned suspects.”
The anti-graft agency claims that all the funds traced to the former First Lady’s accounts are proceeds of gratification.