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Corruption Update: Patience Jonathan Attempts To Withdraw $5m From Frozen Account

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Sources within EFCC have disclosed that it foiled a fresh attempt by Patience Jonathan to withdraw $5million from her frozen account during the week.

One of the sources said the anti-corruption agency was informed by Skye Bank that Patience had placed a standing order for $5m to be withdrawn from the account but it was stopped.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.”

Recall 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. Consequently, the EFCC has applied for the money to be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

The Federal High Court is expected to deliver judgment on the application, giving the evidences.

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