EFCC exposes N6bn plaza built by Patience Jonathan in Abuja

EFCC exposes N6bn plaza built by Patience Jonathan in Abuja

-The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has exposed the plaza built by the former fisrt lady Patience Jonathan in Abuja.

The building, which has been described by the EFCC as a ‘magnificent architectural edifice valued to worth over N6bn. The building is located within the Central Business District, is between the National Mosque and the Federal Secretariat.

EFCC exposes N6bn plaza built by Patience Jonathan in Abuja

EFCC exposes N6bn plaza built by Patience Jonathan

The EFCC has begun the investigation to the building. It has been revealed that Patience Jonathan acquired the property through her foundation known as Aribawa Aurera Reach Out Foundation

EFCC has written to the Corporate Affairs Commission to get the identities of the directors of the foundation who are believed to be fronts for Patience.

The anti-graft agency has also written eight banks: Skye Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank, Union Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Zenith Bank, United Bank for Africa and Unity Bank.

Patience Jonathan is the wife of former president of Nigeria who the his government was mared by corruption and looting public funds. The anti-graft agency said there was no way Patience would have been able to afford such a property as her last known job was Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa State.

The document read, “Plot 1350 Cadastral Zone A00 CBD which was allocated to Ariwabai Aurera Reach Out Foundation in 2010 and Certificate of Occupancy issued in 2011. The plot bears an eight-storey building still under construction.

There is a high probability that it could have been built with the proceeds of crime. It is evidently clear that it is a case of money laundering but there is a need to do more investigation

EFCC exposes N6bn plaza built by Patience Jonathan in Abuja

The EFCC has also traced three other properties in Abuja to Patience in Karsana, Wasa and Idogwari areas of the Federal Capital Territory.

According to documents from AGIS, the three properties were bought in the names of two companies – Finchley Top Homes Ltd. and AM-PM Network Limited.

The bank accounts of Finchley Top Homes Limited, which have been traced to Patience, were frozen by the commission a few months ago.

The accounts include: Account number 1102001996 in Ecobank, with a balance of N226,376,700.23 and a fixed deposit of N1,099,511,484.88; a Skye Bank account numbered 1771731336, with a balance of N14,173,848.85; Fidelity Bank account numbered, 4011019539 with a balance of N1,800,494,000; Stanbic Bank account numbered, 0016901361, with a balance of N40,594,12.88; and Diamond Bank account 0019213687 with a balance of N39,418,712.12.

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