From Tola Ogundipe in Abuja
Patience Jonathan, a former first lady of Nigeria, has said that the
police searched her family house contrary to widespread report that it
was a raid conducted by the EFCC
– She also claimed that only cheque books were found on the premises
and not the money that they sought
-She however called the police search which occurred late on
Wednedsay, January 4 night is an embarrassment to her person
The former first lady who spoke through her lawyer Charles Ogboli
claimed that only cheque books, including one from Diamond Bank were
found in the premises.
She further stated that the police said that they were forced to
search her premises as a result of the security man’s attitude.
She said: “EFCC came last year and conducted a search in the absence
of the occupant of the house. The NDLEA also searched the same
building. This also happened last year between November or
thereabouts. It is an embarrassment.
“I don’t know what they are actually looking for. Why are they
searching a premises in the absence of the occupant? It appears there
is something they want to do there.”
Going further, she added: “Today, it is not EFCC, but in the past,
from November 2016, EFCC raided the place. It is a family house meant
for the brothers and sisters; the siblings. It is a family house of
the former First Lady in Maitama, Abuja.
“EFCC raided the place last year. Thereafter, NDLEA raided the place
and throughout their raid, they found nothing incriminating. Today, I
got information that there were several policemen numbering about 20
to 28 of them.
“So, when I got there, I demanded to see the leader of the team and I
was directed to an Assistant Commissioner of Police, who was in mufti
and known as Williams. I asked him which of the command are you from
and he said they were from IG’s Special Unit. Somebody also in mufti
intervened and said they are from the AGF, Attorney General’s office
“He told me that they came to search the house of a judge, but because
of the attitude of the security man, they decided to now move into the
house (Patience Jonathan’s family building) and search the house.
“They forced the door open and searched everything. At the end, they
asked the security man to sign that nothing incriminating was found.
They took away three cheque books and a company iron seal. The company
seal does not belong to the former first lady because she is not
staying there. The company is not known to the first lady.”

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