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Patience Jonathan Used NGO As Front to Launder Money – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has accused ex-First Lady Patience Jonathan of using a non-governmental organisation Ariwabai Aruera Reachout Foundation to launder money.

The commission says it has filed an application before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The EFCC said this in its response to an application filed by Mrs. Jonathan challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the commission’s ex parte application for an order of interim forfeiture of two properties in Abuja registered in the name of the NGO.

It was gathered that the properties are on Plot 1960 Cadastral Zone A05, Maitama District, and Plot 1350 Cadastral Zone A00, both in Abuja.

However, on knowing about the ex parte motion, the former first lady filed an application to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to hear the commission’s motion.

Her lawyers appeared in court on 19 October, insisting that EFCC’s motion could not be heard in view of their application.



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