Former First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Ibifaka Jonathan is in fresh trouble as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered an uncompleted eight-storey building in a prime area of Abuja allegedly belonging to her.
The building which is located within the Central Business District is between the National Mosque and the Federal Secretariat and it is worth about N6billion.
She was said to have allegedly acquired the property through her foundation known as Aribawa Aurera Reach Out Foundation.
The EFCC revealed that it had written to the Abuja Geographical Information System to get the history of the property and how and when it was bought. 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.
The EFCC had a few months ago frozen an account belonging to Aribawa Aurera Reach Out Foundation with account number 1222014221 in Ecobank with a balance of N479m.
EFCC disclosed that; “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.”
“Inference may be drawn from investigation that the suspect’s (Patience) last known official position was permanent secretary in Bayelsa State. Hence, there is no way such magnificent architectural edifices could have been built within a short space of time.”
“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.”