Former First Lady, Mrs. Patient Jonathan has berated Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over the commission’s allegation that a sum of N12.114 billion was traced to Megel Resort Limited, an hotel belonging to her late mother, Mama Charity Oba.
EFCC had revealed in its interim report, that the amount domiciled in Diamond Bank allegedly owned by Patient’s mother was part of funds believed to have been looted from the government coffers.
According to a statement released by her Chief Press Secretary, Belema Meshack-Hart, said prior to Mama’s death, Mrs. Jonathan had no dealings with the hotel, challenging EFCC to provide evidence showing she is in the know.
Mrs. Patience also claimed that her foundation Aruera Reachout Foundation, spent over N3.5bn for the treatment of 700 children and adults with heart-related ailments.
Thumbing down the allegations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that she used her foundation to launder stolen funds, Mrs. Jonathan said her foundation “is a non-governmental established in 2006.”
The statement added, “Till date, over 700 children have benefited from the Aruera Reachout Foundation, this alone cost the foundation billions, it is not news that the logistics involved in the treatment of heart disease cost over N5m per child.
“This demonstrates the caring and maternal nature of Nigeria’s former first lady. God has used her as an instrument to positively touch the lives of some of our nation’s sick children, to make them healthy and happy through the appropriate medical intervention, it is now strange and sad that the EFCC will allege that such foundation only existed to launder funds.
“The many sick children that would have died but now live a happy life will stand as testament against the baseless propaganda and shameless allegation of the EFCC. It is worthy of note that the foundation which is duly registered by the CAC is free to receive donations from reputable individuals and organisations for its projects just like any other NGO.”
Patience also rejected the ownership of a $12m account in Diamond Bank, which the EFCC allegedly traced to her.
“For avoidance of doubt Mrs. Patience Jonathan does not have $12,831,173 domiciled in Diamond Bank as alleged by the EFCC. Anyone with proof should provide evidence and take advantage of the whistle-blower policy.”
Patience added, “The former first lady had no dealings with the hotel until the demise of her late mum after which the hotel was handed over to her with the presentation of the death certificate of her mum.
“This can be confirmed by Zenith Bank. Mrs. Patience Jonathan does not own Magel Resort Ltd. neither did she open the hotels account with Zenith Bank. The late mother of the former first lady should be allowed to rest in peace.”