The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has summoned some officials of the Department of State Services, who were attached to Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, for interrogation.
It was learnt that the invitation was part of investigations into the $15m frozen in four company accounts, which Patience had laid claim to.
Sources in the EFCC said that a letter had been written to the DSS, requesting that the officials be allowed to honour the anti-graft agency’s invitation.
A detective also said that the Commission had evidence that the DSS officials had, on several occasions, deposited money into some of the accounts in Skye Bank between 2013 and 2015.
The source said, “The $15m, which we have frozen in the four company accounts was not paid into the accounts at once. The money was paid into the accounts over a two-year period.
“However, we have evidence that it was DSS officials attached to Jonathan’s wife that deposited the money. We have gathered bank documents, and we have invited them for interrogation.”
When asked why Patience had not been invited by the EFCC, even after she had openly laid claim to the money and dared the anti-graft agency to invite her for questioning, another source told our correspondent that it was because the commission was trying to build a solid case.
The source said, “We will not like to exchange words with her on the pages of newspapers. She says the money belongs to her, but she has no evidence to show that she owns the money except the fact that she was given platinum cards to use in withdrawing money.
“Possessing an ATM card of an account that does not bear your name, signature or credentials does not give you the legal right over that account. We froze the accounts as part of investigations into a money laundering case.
“We are still investigating, and we may invite her based on the outcome of investigations. We are still trying to build a solid case.”