Patience Jonathan Explains How $20m Was Left In The Accounts Of Four Companies
Former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, has thrown more light into how her estimated $20 million in Skye Bank was left in the accounts of four companies operated by the erstwhile Special Adviser on Domestic Matters to the President, Mr. Waripamo Dudafa.
Mrs. Jonathan, in a statement of claim in the suit filed by her to recover the money, said all five accounts were opened with her funds but discovered to her chagrin sometime in 2014 that four of the accounts were opened in the name of Dudafa’s companies, namely Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited and Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited.
Mrs. Jonathan, who introduced herself as a housewife, trader and wife of a politician, in the statement of claim, said when she discovered that four of the accounts were not in her name, she drew the attention of the bank to it, following which Dudafa brought the bank manager, Dipo Oshodi, to her sometime in April 2014.
According to her, the bank manager promised to effect the change in account name, but that she subsequently discovered that it was not effected. She said despite repeated requests that the change in account name be done, the bank did not heed her advice.
Claiming that the funds were solely operated by her and without any encumbrance until lately, Mrs Jonathan said she, at all times, was in possession of the credit cards linked to the accounts and had continued to draw from the accounts till sometime in July 2016 when she discovered that the cards stopped working.
According to Mrs. Jonathan, on enquiries, she was told to make a formal request to the bank.