Metro EFCC Alleged Patience Jonathan Of Laundering Money Through NGO


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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said a recent application filed by Patience, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, before the Federal High Court in Abuja has justified its assertion that a non-governmental organisation, Ariwabai Aruera Reachout Foundation, being investigated for corruption, was a front for the former first lady.


The EFCC stated this in its response to an application filed by Mrs. Jonathan challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the commission’s ex parte application for an order of interim forfeiture of two properties in Abuja registered in the name of the NGO.


The said properties are located on Plot 1960 Cadastral Zone A05, Maitama District, and Plot 1350 Cadastral Zone A00, both in Abuja.


On getting to know about the ex parte motion filed by the EFCC, seeking an interim forfeiture of the properties, Mrs. Jonathan, through her lawyers, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had filed an application to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to hear the commission’s motion.


On October 19, 2017 when the EFCC’s ex parte motion was scheduled to be heard by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, Mrs. Jonathan’s lawyers appeared in court, insisting that the commission’s motion could not be heard in view of their application already filed to challenge the court’s jurisdiction.


An investigator with the EFCC, Kolawole Mukaila, deposed to the commission’s counter-affidavit.


He opposed Mrs. Jonathan’s application, claiming that he was a member of the Special Task Force “investigating alleged amounts of money laundered by the former first lady into various accounts and properties purchased which are disproportionate to her known source of income.”
 

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