Sunday, 23 October 2016

Ex-First Lady earned N700k as Perm. Sec. in Bayelsa – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that former First Lady, Patience Jonathan earned N700,000 when she was a Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa state.

A source in the anti-graft agency told Tribune Online that the she will have to explain how she got money to build some magnificent properties linked to her.

The source added that “Our operatives are still going ahead with the investigation of the former First Lady.

“So far, our detectives have retrieved her pay slip which showed that after all deductions, she was on monthly salary of N700,000. It is left to her to justify how the salary was able to fetch her assets.

“We demanded for her pay status in line with Section 7 of the EFCC Act. She was a former Permanent Secretary, who earned salary at the end of the month. She managed public trust and she has to account for it.

“We will also look into her assets declaration forms when she assumed office and after she left. If these assets are pleaded, we will proceed to the next stage of our investigation.”

The source also said the former first lady will be required to reveal those who gave monetary gifts to her.

This is following her claim that the money found in her accounts, was given to her as gifts.

According to the EFCC source, “We are yet to get to this bend of investigation.

“But we have read report where she claimed that the $15million in her account was a gift. Then the onus is on her to submit a list of the sources of the gift.”

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), recently alleged that Patience Jonathan sued them for publishing unfounded and malicious allegations against her.

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