Dame Patience Jonathan got N700, 000 monthly salary for months – EFCCMay 13, 2019
Dame Patience Jonathan got N700, 000 monthly salary for months – EFCC
Dame Patience Jonathan…The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ON Monday claimed that Dame Patience Jonathan, spouse of previous President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, kept accepting her N700, 000 month to month compensation seven months after she resigned as a government worker.
It said the previous First Lady, who adequately resigned from the Bayelsa State Civil Service as a Permanent Secretary on October 14, 2014, was paid her pay up till May 2015, when her better half left the workplace.
The Commission expressed this at the Federal High Court in Lagos amid the becoming aware of a relinquishment body of evidence it brought against Mrs. Jonathan.
The organization is imploring the court to arrange the last relinquishment of $8.4 million and N7.4 billion supposedly having a place with her.
Equity Mojisola Olatoregun declined to allow EFCC’s application for definite relinquishment yet guided parties to give oral proof to legitimize proprietorship.
She said there were clashing statements in the oaths before her, including that oral proof was expected to clear them up.
The judge had last April 20 requested the assets’ transitory relinquishment to the Federal Government.
Mrs. Jonathan, Globus Integrated Services Ltd, Finchley Top Homes Ltd., Am-Pm Global Network Ltd, Pagmat Oil and Gas Ltd, Magel Resort Ltd and Esther Oba are the respondents.
Among the incidentally relinquished entireties are N1.085billion and N226.3million found in Finchley’s Ecobank record and N39.4million found in its Diamond Bank account, just as N55.9million found in Pagmat Oil and Gas’ Diamond Bank account, among others.
Mrs. Jonathan’s legal advisors, including Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) and Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had contended that the assets included gifts and genuine income by the organizations connected to her.
Be that as it may, EFCC said the cash was “sensibly associated to continue with unlawful movement”.
At the initiation of procedures yesterday, Mrs. Jonathan’s legal advisors called a previous Head of Service of Bayelsa State, Mr. Fraser Ogboru, as its first observer.
In his declaration, Ogboru, who said he resigned from Bayelsa State Civil Service on December 31, 2014, told the court that he had knew Mrs. Jonathan when her better half was a Deputy Governor.
He asserted he was still in administration when Mrs. Jonathan was designated a perpetual secretary.
Amid questioning by EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, the observer said he had no information of when Patience Jonathan’s compensation was ceased as he had officially left administration by at that point.
Oyedepo: “The principal respondent’s (Mrs. Jonathan) viable date of retirement is sixteenth October 2014. Okay, be astounded to hear that the principal respondent was all the while gaining pay rates until May 2015?”
Ogboru: “I would be astonished.”
Ogboru said a Permanent Secretary’s month to month compensation was about N700,000 while the tip upon retirement was simply over N20million.
Different observers including a previous Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Dr. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, and the South West Zonal Coordinator of an NGO, Women for Change Initiative, Chief Mrs. Kate Onyechere, likewise affirmed.
In his declaration, Dudafa denied being utilized by the previous First Lady to launder cash.
He told Justice Olatoregun that every one of the assets in a record connected to a firm, Globus Integrated Services Ltd, were money blessings given to the previous First Lady amid her better half’s residency as President.
“I was not acquired by the group of Dame Patience Jonathan to hide continues of unlawful exercises and by uprightness of being the previous Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to the past president and the first respondent (Mrs. Jonathan), I was educated by the first respondent that the assets in the company’s record are money endowments that were given to her while she was the primary woman”, Dudafa said.
The observer likewise denied that he knew that a sack he got for Dr. Jonathan from one, Col. Adegbe, over the span of his obligations contained $47 million which was purportedly expelled from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the guidance of a previous National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki.
On her part, Chief Mrs. Kate Onyechere clarified the reason behind the establishment of the Women for Change Initiative by Mrs. Jonathan.
She likewise uncovered the different sources through which the Initiative get reserve to complete its exercises.
“The Initiative was framed by Mrs. Jonathan as an ordinary non-legislative association. The primary concern is strengthening. We engage Nigerian ladies crosswise over 36 states. We have zonal, states and neighborhood, government facilitators.
“We sorted out lunch meeting and get gifts crosswise over states to get reserves. We additionally compose private people to give. Indeed, the facilitators additionally make gifts”, she said.
The observer further uncovered that Mrs. Jonathan was consistently received by the trustees and facilitators of the Initiative as the sole signatory to its records.
Under questioning by Oyedepo, the observer named four people as Trustees of Women for Change Initiative.
They are Dr. Chidinma, Mrs. Josephine, Mrs. Jonathan, and Mrs. Yemisi Oyewole.
Further hearing in the issue has been deferred to May 24, 2019, at 11 am.