Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied reports that $175m disappeared from her bank accounts after it was discovered.
In a statement by her spokesman, Sam Dokubo, on Wednesday, Mrs Jonathan said her accounts had a balance of less than $10m when it was frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
She said, “For the avoidance of doubt, while indeed it is true that Dame Patience is in court for the protection of her fundamental rights infringed upon by a ‘No debit order’ placed on her funds by the EFCC, it is not for $15m but for funds less than $10m as has been clarified several times.
“The purported story in a newspaper on November 19, 2016, about a missing $175m allegedly belonging to the former first lady is not just fictitious but plain falsehood.”
Mrs. Jonathan said the EFCC has not released an official statement on the missing $175m.
It added, “The EFCC has not made any statement to the existence of an investigation of any missing $175m linked to the former first lady.
“If any such funds as claimed, which was deposited by certain verifiable persons has gone missing without a trace from a known bank, Skye Bank, as was reported, then, the bank, its officials and those mentioned must be held to account for the funds and not the former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, who was in no way a part of the transaction.
“The claim that the money was credited to a company linked to Dame Patience Jonathan is also false; otherwise it should be officially substantiated with credible evidence by Skye Bank and the EFCC that are jointly mentioned in the report.”