The Nigerian minister of information, Lai Mohammed, said on Tuesday 13 that the former first lady, Patience Jonathan was not under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for claiming ownership of $34.1 million in a case where the anti-graft agency had given a freezing order.
The wife of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan recently approached the Lagos federal high court claiming ownership of the sum seized by the anti-corruption agency, EFCC.
Speaking with newsmen in Kwara state while reacting to the claim that Mrs. Jonathan was being persecuted by the EFCC explained that it was only after she took ownership of the $34.1 million that another $5 million was discovered.
“If you look at Mrs. Patience Jonathan’s history issue, I think she was the one that came out to claim that the money found in the accounts of one of the former President’s aides, belonged to her,” Said Mohammed.
“It was not the EFCC that claimed so. She claimed that the money that the guy was being prosecuted for belonged to her. It was only then they later found an extra $5 million in another account.
“It is not as if anybody has gone out to investigate Mrs. Jonathan directly or indirectly. Rather Mrs. Jonathan was the one that said ‘that money for which you are accusing Mr. X actually belongs to me.
“So, you cannot start talking of prosecution or persecution.” he added.