In its quest to rid Nigeria off corrupt elements and recover the commonwealth lost in several accounts, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has further dug deeper to uncover yet another money in a hidden account, believed to be owned by former first lady, Patience Jonathan’s late mother.
Patience Jonathan who was discovered by the EFCC to be running 15 separate accounts stacked with money recently had her accounts frozen over allegations of corruption. EFCC traced N2.114bn to the bank account of Magel Resort Limited, allegedly owned by Mrs. Patience Jonathan and her late mother, Mama Charity Oba, according to Punch.
Mrs Jonathan had initially filed a N2bn suit against the EFCC accusing them of making her subject to psychological trauma and freezing her late mother’s account.
According to Punch, a just concluded report by the EFCC made it known that N2.114bn was found in her late mother’s account.
The company is registered as a resort agency but the EFCC are confident that corruption was ongoing in the company as sources at the EFCC disclosed that the agency was probing the circumstances in which the firm secured over N200m IT contract from the National Information Technology Development Agency.
The IT contract was allegedly sponsored through the National Information Technology Development Fund. Other persons under investigation for money laundering by the anti-graft agency were seen to have made payments into the company’s account including a particular hotelier in Central Area, Abuja, who has been called in for questioning.
The total sum of money discovered to have been laundered by Mrs. Jonathan is in the region of N2.1bn. As the EFCC continues to fight against corruption, while uncovering many unrequited sums into the federation’s account, there continues to be allegations from different quarters as Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has accused the Buhari administration of treating corruption cases against his people like a family affair, yet, going in hard on his political opponents.