Former First Lady of Nigeria Patience Jonathan has been ordered by a Federal High Court in Kano to forfeit temporarily N1.0004 billion to the Federal Government.
Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa gave the order upon a motion ex parte filed by Nigeria’s anti-graft outfit, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Concise News understands, according to the commission, that the money was lodged in three deposits with Fidelity Bank Plc on 20th and 25th May, 2015.
The money was found in the account of Magel Resort Limited, a company linked to the former First Lady, whose husband, Goodluck, was not lucky during Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election as he lost to Muhammadu Buhari.
Concise News learned that the EFCC had got an intel that a bank account domiciled in Fidelity Bank, had a huge sum of money that was not being used by anybody.
The EFCC, after conducting preliminary investigation, revealed that Patience and some relatives of the former president were directors of the Company.
The commission also named Oba Tamunotonye, Goodluck Jonathan Aruera, Goodluck Jonathan Ariwabai and Esther Fynface as directors.
“An interim forfeiture order is granted to the Federal Government in the sum of N1,000,494,000 (One Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety Four Thousand Naira Only) in the Bank account of the 1st respondent Magel Resort Limited 4011019546 which is maintained with 2nd respondent Fidelity Bank Plc,” Justice Lewis-Allagoa held.