Patience attempts to withdraw $5m from frozen
Sources within the EFCC also told our
correspondent that it foiled a fresh attempt by
Patience Jonathan to withdraw $5m from her
frozen account during the week.
The source said the commission was informed
by Skye Bank that Patience had placed a
standing order for $5m to be withdrawn from
the account but it was stopped.
The detective added, “We received an alert from
Skye Bank during the week that Patience
attempted to withdraw $5m from her personal
account titled Patience Ibifaka Jonathan which is
domiciled at the bank.
“We immediately told the bank not to allow any
withdrawal because a ‘No Debit Order’ had been
placed on the account.”
It will be recalled that the EFCC had frozen four
other company accounts with a balance of
$15m. The accounts were linked to a former
Special Adviser to Jonathan on Domestic Affairs,
Waripamowei Dudafa.
However, during the arraignment of Dudafa and
the directors of the companies, Patience filed an
application claiming ownership of the money.
She subsequently asked the court to lift the
restriction on the accounts.
On Wednesday the directors of the companies
pleaded guilty to money laundering. The EFCC
applied for the money to be permanently
forfeited to the Federal Government, a request
which has been deferred by the Federal High