Patience Jonathan says the Millions of Dollars in Her Accounts are for Medical Bills

Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, said she's using the $15m, which was frozen in four companies’ accounts, to settle medical bills while she was out of the country.

Patience said this in a letter with reference number GA/Abibo/00226/2016, written by her lawyers, Granville Abibo (SAN) and Co, which was addressed to the Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

The former first lady has therefore urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Skye Bank to lift the restriction on the accounts.

Patience Jonathan's letter read in part, “It is noteworthy to emphasise that the said accounts, which were in US dollar denomination, were card-based accounts and our client is the sole signatory to these accounts.

“However, our client has been operating the said accounts using the cards for her medical bill payments and purchases for her private purposes without any let or hindrance.

“Our client was therefore surprised when the said cards stop functioning on July 7, 2016, or thereabout. Our client immediately, thereupon, contacted Skye Bank Plc through our solicitors.

‘‘It was only then that the bank officials informed our client that the said accounts were placed on a ‘No Debit Order’ following investigations and instruction from your commission and this is without notice to our client by either the bank or the commission.

“It is in the light of the foregoing that we urge you to use your good offices to vacate the ‘No Debit/Freezing Order’ placed on the said accounts.”

Patience, who described herself as a law-abiding citizen, said despite all the explanations she offered to the Lagos Zonal Office of the EFCC, the detectives in charge refused to heed her request.

She, therefore, urged Magu to intervene immediately.

She added, “Despite the foregoing, our client, who is a law-abiding citizen, has watched with surprise how efforts are being made surreptitiously to indirectly harass or harangue her and short-change her of her personal funds in breach of her fundamental human rights.

“We urge you sir, to kindly intervene to stop the untoward and wrongful actions of your officials to embarrass, inconvenience and short-change our client.”

EFCC official reacts
A detective in the EFCC told Punch that, “We got a relevant court order to freeze those accounts and we have evidence which we will present in court on Friday.

“We did not know that the accounts belonged to Patience Jonathan at the time we froze them. The accounts do not bear her name neither do they carry her BVN (Bank Verification Number). So, how can she accuse us of harassment?"


  1. Ignore her. EFCC suppose to query her on the source of the money

  2. Olu,are you there?
    This woman should shut her big mounth before we descend on her. Nonsense.

  3. This woman is a thief without shame. Why is EFCC not arresting her? Is she above the law? This woman must be arranged before a tribunal. Buhari must not show partiality. A thief is a thief. No matter who it is.

  4. Thief wey still dey open mouth 2 justify her actions, if it was a petty thief she would ve been behind bars, but despite d large figures behind d act d person in question is high in power derefore untouchable, dts d wai we r being governed..

  5. God pass them, no matter whatever they must have looted or stole, their grave will not be more than six feets.......do they think at all?

  6. from the time she started working (assumption) in her village till her privillaged entry into ASO ROCK, how much is her total emoluments?
    what do these idiots think we are?

  7. Medical bills ke? That money is enough to build several clinics!
    Dame patience easy na.... how many diseases or illness do you have to keep 15 million dollars for?🚑


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