Investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have revealed that aside five choice properties, including a N5billion hotel in Abuja linked to former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, seven additional properties believed to be owned by her have been discovered.
It would be recalled that the EFCC deployed some of its detectives to Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and Yenagoa (Bayelsa State) last week in a bid to establish whether four properties in the two cities, allegedly acquired by Mrs. Jonathan, truly belong to her.
The detectives, however, discovered that seven more properties including the former Customs Officers’ mess in Port Harcourt and a plot of land under construction, were allegedly acquired by the former First Lady.
Others in the Rivers State capital are: two duplexes at 2/3 Bauchi Street; landed property with blocks at Ambowei Street; 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.
Following the discovery, the anti-graft agency may invoke Section 7 of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004 on the affected properties after due verification, sources said yesterday.
The EFCC investigators are already back in Abuja to continue their assignment.
A highly placed source said: “The ex-First Lady is allegedly linked with the acquisition of the former Customs Service Officers mess in Port-Harcourt.
“We also identified three luxury apartments of four-bedroom each believed to be owned by Mrs. Jonathan. The apartments are tastefully furnished with the state of the art accessories.
“After verification of these assets and completion of our investigation, we may seek the order of the court to place the affected assets under Interim Forfeiture.
“Permission will be sought to ask the ex-First Lady to explain some of the sources of her wealth in line with Section 7 of the EFCC Establishment Act.
“As a First Lady, there was no appropriation for her office and she was not on salary”.