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EFCC traces Abuja posh assets to Jonathan’s wife

Two Plot-No-1758-Cadastral-Zone-B06-Mabushi-belonging-to-Ariwabai-Reach-Out-Foundation-e1505255784994more assets have been traced to former First Lady Patience Jonathan, who is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged money laundering.

The latest development has brought the number of Mrs. Jonathan’s assets under investigation to 15.

But the list does not include the six choice plots traced to her in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), it was learnt yesterday.

The commission said it suspected the assets were allegedly bought through three firms – Ariwabai Aurera Reachout Foundation; Finchley Top Homes Limited; and AM-PM Network Limited.

The EFCC has initiated moves to seize the assets, which are in Abuja.

Besides the three firms, the roles played by seven banks in acquiring the assets are also being investigated.

A Special Task Force is probing the relationship between the three firms and the former First Lady.

Specifically, detectives are probing how Mrs. Jonathan allegedly used the proxy firms to secure six choice plots in the Central Business District(CBD), Abuja, Wasa District, Idogwari District, Karsana and Mabushi in the FCT.

The plots are:

  • 1758, Cadastral zone B06, Mabushi, which was allocated to Ariwabai Aurera Reachout Foundation in 2010;
  • 96, Cadastral Zone D05, Karsana, allocated to AM-PM Global Network Limited vide a letter of intent dated 31/05/2012;
  • 7109, Cadastral Zone E10, Wasa District, allocated to AM-PM Global Network Limited vide a letter of intent dated 27/03/2013;
  • 30, Cadasrtal Zone D03, Idogwari District (AM-PM Global Network Limited vide a letter of intent dated 23/10/2014);
  • 1758, Cadastral zone B06, Mabushi (Ariwabai Aurera Reachout Foundation vide a Right of Occupancy in 2010); and
  • 1350 Cadastral Zone A00, Central Business District, which was allocated to Ariwabai Aurera Reach Out Foundation in 2010. The and Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) issued in 2011.

A source said: “A Special Task Force is looking into how Mrs. Jonathan allegedly laundered huge sums of money into the accounts of three companies. These shell  firms were in turn used to acquire some plots of land and properties suspected to be proceeds of crime.

“We have already written to the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) and seven banks linked with the plots of land and the two properties.

“Apart from the statements of account of the three companies., our team is in touch with Abuja Geographical Information Service(AGIS) for information about some properties linked to the affected firms.”

The source spoke of how the investigators found that two properties were already being developed, allegedly by the former First Lady on Plot No. 1758 Cadastral zone B06 Mabushi and Plot No. 1350 Cadastral zone A00 Central Business District

“We discovered that on Plot No. 1758 Cadastral zone B06 Mabushi, which was allocated to Ariwabai Aurera Reachout Foundation in 2010 and C of O issued in 2011, eight  mighty  buildings are being built. Most people believe it is proposed to be a hotel.

“Also, Plot No. 1350, Cadastral Zone A00 in Central Business District, currently bears an eight-storey building still under construction. The plot was allocated to Ariwabai Aurera Reachout Foundation in 2010 and C of O issued in 2011.

“Inference   may be drawn from the above, considering the fact that the suspect’s last known official position was Permanent Secretary in the Bayelsa State Government.

Hence, there is no way such magnificent architectural edifices could have been built within a short space of time as it is the case with the properties in question.”

The EFCC believes that there is high probability that the property could have been built with proceeds of crime.

“It is evidently clear that it is a case of money laundering but there is need to do more to prove the predicate of the offence,” the source said, pleading not to be named so as not to jeopardise the investigation.

The agency is awaiting responses from banks, CAC and AGIS.

Besides, it is making efforts to get information about Finchley Homes Limited, its directors and all properties with bank accounts linked to them.

The source confirmed that the EFCC might “request for the interim forfeiture of the two properties.

“This is particularly very important because attempt to mark the properties, by operatives, was resisted and even the portion that was successfully marked was later cleared by agents of the suspect,” the source said.

With the latest bend of investigation, 15 properties and six plots of land have so far been traced to the former First Lady in Port Harcourt, Yenagoa and Abuja.

Besides the two properties in Abuja, 13 others were previously linked with the ex-First Lady.

The assets in Port Harcourt  are former Customs Service officers mess; two duplexes at 2/3 Bauchi Street; landed property with blocks at Ambowei Street; three Luxury apartments of four-bedroom each at Ambowei Street;  and Grand View Hotel along airport road.

The rest suspected assets in Yenagoa include two marble duplexes at Otioko GRA by Isaac Boro Expressway;  Glass House on Sani Abacha Expressway, which is housing 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.

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NLC kicks against Morocco joining ECOWAS

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has appealed to the Federal Government and the National Assembly not to vote for the admission of Morocco into Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Mr Ayuba Wabba, the NLC’s President, gave the advise on Tuesday in Abuja at the workshop of Organisation of Trade Unions of West Africa (OTUWA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The Kingdom of Morocco had applied to join the ECOWAS.

The application is presently being considered by the member states and the relevant council of ECOWAS.

The theme of the two-day workshop is “Rebuilding and Consolidating OTUWA and the Challenges of Implementing its 5 years Strategic Plan’’.

Wabba said; “We can’t find a clause permitting a geographically non-West African State to become a member of the organisation.

“Our concern in the NLC is that Morocco has a record of quarrelling with its neighbours and even the entire continent.

“That’s why it stayed away from the Organisation of African Union (OAU), later AU for over 30 years.

“Similarly, we cannot be hobnobbing with a monarchy which is against the wish of the international community, the UN and the AU.

“To be specific, Morocco has continued to illegally occupy Western Sahara, and is holding it as a colony. ‘’

He also called on OTUWA member countries to appeal to their governments and national legislatures not to endorse the application of Morocco as a member of ECOWAS.

Wabba while speaking on the theme said it was apt to assess how far the organisation had gone on the journey.

“I am sure our comrades and colleagues might express concerns that we have not yet obtained the necessary diplomatic status for OTUWA since the office became operational in Nigeria.

“I am aware that the OTUWA secretariat had submitted the application about a year or so ago after the OTUWA leadership had visited the relevant ministries.

“The process of obtaining the required approval has been hindered by governmental procedure and processes.

“I want to assure you all that we shall follow-up on the pending application with the Minister of Labour and his other colleagues to ensure that this matter is put behind us. ‘’

Mr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, had earlier called on the trade unions to ensure that their unions embraced dialogue.

Ngige said that social dialogue was imperative as it encouraged peace and harmony in the various sector of the economy. (NAN)

EFCC HEADQUARTERS ATTACKED.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says its headquarters in Abuja was attacked by gunmen, who threatened to kill one of the agency’s top investigators.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwajaren states “A major security breach was recorded at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the early hours of Wednesday, August 16, 2017, as unknown gunmen attacked the office located at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja,”

“The group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 05.00 hours and began shooting into the premises, damaging vehicles parked on the premises in the process. However, the attack was repelled by guards on duty.

The statement added although the attackers did not succeed in entering the complex, they left a death threat for one of the EFCC’s detectives as they fled.

The commission said the death threat was contained in a white envelope addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator, who heads the foreign exchange malpractices fraud section and is in charge of the investigation of several politically exposed persons and top retired military officers for corruption.

According to the EFCC, the incident has been reported to the police.

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