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EFCC arrests Patience Jonathan’s sister at Abuja airport.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reportedly arrested the younger sister to former First lady and wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience Jonathan, Esther Oba,  over suspicious payments of N3bn made into her many accounts

The accounts, with a combined balance of N3 billion, are in Skye Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Diamond Bank  and Ecobank.

It was gathered that Esther Oba was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday, shortly after returning from Dubai with her husband and three children.

She first came under the EFCC radar in 2016 when the commission was investigating Mrs. Jonathan.

The commission had discovered that an account with Oba’s Bank Verification Number bearing Mrs. Jonathan signature had a balance of $429,381.87 and subsequently froze it.

Subsequent investigations by the anti-graft agency showed that Mrs. Oba was the sole signatory to an account known as the AM-PM Global Network at Stanbic IBTC 0016971559 at Walter Carrington branch, Victoria Island, Lagos which received the sum of N317m from its Diamond Bank account 0026718889, being proceeds of unlawful enrichment derived by Patience who was then appointed a permanent secretary by the Bayelsa State Government.

The account was subsequently frozen by the EFCC.

However, Mrs. Oba continued to evade the authorities until Monday night when she was arrested at the airport.

A source at the EFCC said, “We had been looking for her for over a year because her name featured as the sole signatory to the account of one AM-PM Global Network, a firm under investigation for alleged fraud.

“When we could not get her, we alerted all security agencies and told them to put her on a watch list and to inform us if she showed up at any port of entry. On Monday, we received word from the Nigeria Immigration Service that she came in with her husband and three children.

“We raced down to the airport and picked her up. She is still in our custody.”

In her statement of oath to the EFCC, however, Mrs. Oba said the firm originally belonged to her mother, Mama Charity Oba, who is now deceased.

The suspect added that only her brother, Mohammed Tamuno Tonye, knew the source of the funds and he is also dead.

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