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withdrawn from the account but it was
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
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 Court.