The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested the younger sister to Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the wife of the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, over suspicious payments of N3bn made into her many accounts
The accounts, with a combined balance of N3bn, are in Skye Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Diamond Bank and Ecobank.
It was learnt that the suspect, Esther Oba, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday shortly after returning from Dubai with her husband and three children.
Mrs. Oba 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.
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.