One of the bank accounts of former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over cases of alleged fraud totaling over $31.4 million.
The EFCC had taken former presidential aide, Amajuoyi Azubike Briggs; former Skye Bank official, Damola Bolodeoku; Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited and Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited to court in an alleged $31.4 million fraud involving the companies.
Others also charged include Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited, Avalon Global Property Development Company Limited and Globus Integrated Services Limited.
But the former First Lady has come out to lay claim to the ownership of the account and she has filed a fundamental application against the commission to that effect.
According to the application filed on September 6, Patience Jonathan is making a declaration that the fund standing to the credit of four of the companies and an account in her own name in Skye Bank belongs to her.
She also asked the court to declare that the action of the respondents in placing a No Debit/Freezing Order on the said accounts without any order of a competent court of law or prior notice to her, to be in breach of her fundamental rights as contained in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.