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“Frozen $31m was for my Medical Bills,” Dame Patience Writes EFCC Chairman


Nigeria’s former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has written to the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, to prevail on his operatives so that some $31.4m in her Skye bank account could be released to her.

The EFCC had frozen the money as part of investigations into an alleged fraud.

In a letter to Magu written by lawyer, Granville Abibo & Co, Patience said the money was for her medical bills and prayed that the anti graft agency lift the ban on her account.

“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,” the letter said in part.

“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.

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“Our client was therefore surprised when the said cards stop functioning on July 7, 2016, or thereabout.

It said Patience contacted her bank and discovered that the account has been frozen.

“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.”

It said Patience is a “law-abiding citizen,” and the act short-changes 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.” it added.


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