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Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Civil Society Organisation wants former First Lady Patience Jonathan to explain her source of wealth
A civil society organisation, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, has
said the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, must explain
how she came about the funds with which she built a N10bn hotel in
Patience inaugurated the hotel, which is known as Aridolf Resort
Wellness and Spa, Yenagoa, in April 2015, about a month before the end
of her husband’s tenure.
According to a UK business newspaper, The Financial Times, the hotel, which has imported state-of-the-art furniture, can compete with other luxury hotels in developed countries.
But CACOL, which recalled in a statement on Tuesday that Patience
was only a Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa State at a time, said the
ex-President’s wife must be made to explain the source of her wealth.
The statement released by the group’s acting Media Officer, Abiodun
Rabiu, quoted the Executive Chairman of CACOL, Debo Adeniran, as saying
that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission needed no further
petition to invite Patience for questioning.
The group said apart from explaining how she made the money to build
the world-class hotel, she must also tell Nigerians how she came about
the $20m found in five bank accounts linked to her.
The EFCC had since frozen four out of the five bank accounts
domiciled in Skye Bank in the course of probing an ex-Special Adviser to
ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa, for
Patience, however, filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit against the EFCC and Skye Bank, laying claim to the frozen funds.