$15m scandal: Patience Jonathan accuses EFCC of hiring mercenaries

In a statement released by her media aide, Chima Osuji, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience, has disclosed that the four persons who pleaded guilty to money laundering charges on behalf of the four companies linked to her were mercenaries of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

She posited that the EFCC presented four unknown persons, who were not authorized by the companies' boards to plead guilty on behalf of the companies.

"It is an irony that it was the former First Lady who went to court for the repatriation of her confiscated money when she realised that the EFCC and its co-travellers were playing politics with this issue after she had come out publicly to say that the said money belongs to her and that she has all evidence to prove the sources of her money. Up till this very moment, the EFCC has refused to interrogate or invite her for questioning.

"The biggest twist in court on Thursday was that the fourth to seventh defendants pleaded guilty to all the 15 counts. It is clear that these unknown faces were agents of the EFCC, who have been stage-managed and tutored to come to court to complicate the case as a strategy to confiscate her money".

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