Patience Jonathan EFCC links 2 new properties to ex-First Lady

The EFCC has initiated moves to get an interim forfeiture order to seize the newly-discovered assets.

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Patience Jonathan

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has traced two new Abuja properties to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

According to a report by The Nation, the assets, allegedly bought through Ariwabai Aurera Reachout Foundation, Finchley Top Homes Limited, and AM-PM Network Limited, are suspected to be proceeds of crime.

While the EFCC has initiated moves to get an interim forfeiture order to seize the assets, a Special Task Force is working on establishing a link between Mrs. Jonathan and the three firms.

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Patience and Goodluck Jonathan

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She had allegedly used the firms to also acquire six plots in the Central Business District (CBD), Abuja, Wasa District, Idogwari District, Karsana and Mabushi in the FCT.

The anti-graft agency has been investigating the former First Lady for alleged money laundering, a probe that has led to the seizure of several assets and funds.

Earlier in September, it was reported that Mrs. Jonathan had recovered a N2 billion hotel that was previously seized from her and sealed off by the EFCC.

The hotel has been reopened allegedly on directives from the former First Lady who also painted over inscriptions made by the EFCC to indicate its interests in the building.

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The hotel complex of ex-First Lady, Patience Jonathan, off the Mabushi Kado Expressway, Abuja

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The inscriptions "EFCC Under Investigation" were covered with patches of grey paint. The property, which has about 100 rooms, has not been officially opened.

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In June 2017, the EFCC reportedly seized the property, located near Setraco Construction Company, beside Mabushi Kado Expressway, Abuja, after it was linked to the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The seizure was in connection with the  $15 million found in bank accounts allegedly belonging to Waripamowei Dudafa, a former Special Adviser to ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs.

The ex-First Lady had laid claim to the money and sued the agency for freezing it.

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