Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has in a letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, claimed that the $15 million traced to her account, which was frozen, was meant to settle her medical bills while she was overseas.
The ex-First Lady, therefore, urged the anti-graft agency and Skye Bank to lift the embargo on the accounts.
The appeal letter with reference number GA/Abibo/00226/2016, written by her lawyers, Granville Abibo (SAN) and Co, which was addressed to the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, read:
“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.
“Despite the foregoing, our client, who is a law-abiding citizen, had watched with surprise how efforts were 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.”
The EFCC had frozen the accounts belonging to Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited, Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Globus Integrated Service Limited.
The four companies which were linked to Mrs. Jonathan, were said to be with a balance of $15, 591,700.