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Lai Mohammed FG not persecuting Patience Jonathan – Information Minister

Mrs Jonathan is being investigated by the EFCC for admitting ownership of $31 million found in five accounts.

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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has denied reports that the Federal Government is persecuting former president, Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience.

Mrs Jonathan is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for admitting ownership of $31 million found in five blocked Skye bank accounts.

“If you look at the history of Mrs. Patience Jonathan’s issue, I think she was the one that came out to claim that the money found in the accounts of one of the aides to the former President, her husband, belonged to her,” Mohammed told journalists in Kwara State on Tuesday, September 13.

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“It was not the EFCC that claimed so. She claimed that the money that the guy was being prosecuted for belonged to her. It was only then they later found an extra $5m in another account.

“It is not as if anybody has gone out to probe Mrs. Jonathan directly or indirectly. Rather Mrs. Jonathan was the one that said ‘that money for which you are accusing Mr. X actually belongs to me. So, you cannot start talking of prosecution or persecution,” he added according to Punch.

Patience Jonathan had admitted ownership of the funds through an application filed by her lawyer, Gboyega Oduwole.

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She has also urged EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu to unfreeze the accounts claiming that the funds in question are meant for her medical bills and other expenses.

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