Efcc Investigates Patience Jonathan’s N6bn Plaza

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    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered an eight-storey building with its work in progress, in a main area of Abuja allegedly belonging to the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan; Patience Jonathan.

    Our correspondent, who visited the building at the Central Business District, between the National Mosque and the Federal Secretariat, says it was alleged in some documents that Patience allegedly acquired the property through her foundation known as Aribawa Aurera Reach Out Foundation.

    The building, which was described by the EFCC as a ‘magnificent architectural edifice,’ is yet to be valued by the commission.

    It has been reported that a comparative analysis of similar buildings on several trading sites as OLX.com and Jiji.ng, within the same area put a worth of N6b on the building.

    In a document, which has been attached to a court application, the anti-graft agency said it had written to the Corporate Affairs Commission to get the identities of the directors of the foundation who are believed to be facade for Patience.

    The commission also stated 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 anti-graft agency says there is no way Patience would have been able to afford such a property as her last known job was the Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa State.

    The exact words of the document reads, “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 on construction.

    “Suggestions may be drawn from investigation that the suspect’s (Patience) last known official position was permanent secretary in Bayelsa State. Then, there is no way such magnificent architectural edifices could have been built within a short space of time.

    “There is a high probability that the building is the proceeds of crime. It is evidently clear that it is a case of money laundering but there is a need to have an indebt investigation.” it added.
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