Former Nigerian first lady Patience Jonathan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has traced N2.114bn to the bank account of a company which was allegedly owned by Patience Jonathan and her late mother, Charity Oba.

An interim report of the commission accuses the former first lady of committing fraud through some of her non-governmental organisations.

With this development, the total amount of money traced to the wife of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan, is now N17bn.

Mrs Jonathan had earlier filed a N2bn fundamental human rights suit against the anti-graft agency.

She accused the commission and its acting boss, Ibrahim Magu, of spreading barefaced falsehood and propaganda against her in the name of investigations.

But the EFCC appears not to be bothered by her accusations.

The commission, in the report, adds that at least N17bn, including funds from some government agencies, were paid into the accounts of Jonathan’s NGOs.

It alleged that another NGO, owned by Patience, Ariwabai Aruera Reach Out Foundation, had various accounts but the principal account was domiciled at Diamond Bank.

The EFCC said it stumbled on evidence in which several government agencies made payments into the account.

A total inflow of N2.4bn was allegedly recorded in the account between 2009 and 2015.

The commission alleged that some of the NGOs had Patience’s domestic servants as directors.

The anti-graft agency said a total of N1.8bn was deposited in the account of Flinchley Top Homes Limited, another company linked to Jonathan.

The money was allegedly deposited by her domestic aides between 2009 and 2015.

It was learnt that the BDC operators had been invited by the EFCC for questioning.

In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the former President’s wife, Belema Meshack-Hart, urged the EFCC chairman, Magu, to honour the National Assembly’s invitation rather than engage in media trial.