By Ibrahim Umar
Twelve properties thought to worth several millions of naira have been traced to former first lady Goodluck Jonathan, a report said. The discovery is part of an investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in determining ownership of five properties in Port Harcourt and Abuja. The search yielded additional seven properties allegedly owned by Mrs. Jonathan.
The Nation confirmed a former Customs Service officers mess in Port Harcourt and a plot of land under construction are among the fresh discovery.
Other properties traced to Mrs. Jonathan in Port Harcourt are two duplexes at 2/3 Bauchi Street; landed property with blocks at Ambowei Street; three Luxury apartments of 4-bedroom each at Ambowei Street; and Grand View Hotel on Airport road.
Moreover, some others discovered in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa are “two marble duplexes at Otioko GRA by Isaac Boro Expressway; Glass House on Sani Abacha Expressway which serves as office of the 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”, the newspaper said.
“After verification of these assets and completion of our investigation, we may seek the order of the court to place the affected assets under Interim Forfeiture.
“Permission will be sought to ask the ex-First Lady to explain some of the sources of her wealth in line with Section 7 of the EFCC Establishment Act.
“As a First Lady, there was no appropriation for her office and she was not on salary,” the report quoted an EFCC source as saying.
The report also said EFCC, last week, wrote to the Head of the Civil Service in Bayelsa State on pay status and allowances of Mrs. Jonathan during her tenure as a Permanent Secretary.