The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun moves to seize properties belonging to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan in all 36 states of the Federation.
The anti-graft agency began the investigation in a bid to gather evidence against her, following the freezing of the $20million traced to her. They have also set up a team of detectives saddled with the responsibility of identifying houses and properties owned by the former First Lady.
The operatives are focusing attention on properties in Lagos, Abuja, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt.
A source said:
It would not be correct to conclude that the commission has halted the investigation into the activities of the former First Lady.
The investigation is progressing and it is being handled by the office of the chairman of the commission.
A team of operatives has been assembled to identify all her properties in the country with a focus on Abuja, Port Harcourt and Yenagoa.
The responsibility of the team is to mark all such properties in preparation for a possible court action.
Meanwhile Justice Babs Kuewumi of a National Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed December 7 to hear a suit filed by Mrs. Jonathan seeking to un-freeze her account.
Mrs. Jonathan’s troubles started when the commission froze the accounts of four companies traced to the Special Adviser to ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa.
The companies; Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited, Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company had a total of $15,591,700 in their accounts.