The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigators probing ex-First Lady Patience Jonathan’s link with five choice buildings, including a N5billion hotel in Abuja, have unearthed seven additional properties believed to be owned by her.
The detectives were in Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and Yenagoa (Bayelsa State) all week trying to establish whether four properties in the two cities truly belong to Mrs. Jonathan.
And according to The Nation, they can now confirm that the assignment led the investigators to suspect that seven more properties including the former Customs Service officers mess in Port
Harcourt and a plot of land under construction were acquired by her.
Others in the Rivers State capital are:
- two duplexes at 2/3 Bauchi Street;
- landed property with blocks at Ambowei Street;7
- three Luxury apartments of 4-bedroom each at Ambowei Street;
- and Grand View Hotel on Airport road.
Those in Yenagoa are:
- two marble duplexes at Otioko GRA by Isaac Boro Expressway;
- Glass House on Sani Abacha Expressway which serves as office of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board;
- Akemfa Etie Plaza by AP filling Station,
- Melford Okilo Road;
- and Aridolf Resort, Wellness and Spa along Sani Abacha Expressway.
The anti-graft agency, which says it has so far recovered N1b and secured 24 convictions in the South South, may invoke Section 7 of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004 on the affected properties after due verification, sources said yesterday.
Already, the EFCC has written to the Head of the Civil Service in Bayelsa State demanding the pay status and allowances of Mrs. Jonathan during her tenure as a Permanent Secretary.
It also sought explanation on whether or not she was paid in dollars, besides travelling estacodes, while in office.
The investigators are already back in Abuja to continue their assignment.