Former First Lady Patience Jonathan’s sister, Esther Oba, was arrested on Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for payment of N3 billion into her several accounts.
She had used accounts from Diamond Bank, Skye Bank, Stanbic IBTC and Ecobank to receive the suspicious payments.
Mrs. Oba who arrested at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja not longer as she returned from Dubai with her husband and 3 children.
She had been under EFCC watch since 2016 after the commission began investigating Mr. Jonathan.
Discovering the amount in Oba’s accounts with her Bank Verification Number bearing Patience Jonathan’s signature had a balance of $429,381.87 and subsequently froze it.
More 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.
An impeccable 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 watchlist 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.
She also said that her brother, Mohammed Tamuno Tonye, knew the source of the funds and he is also dead.