Former Nigerian First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Monday visited the Maitama, Abuja branch of Skye Bank to withdraw part of her $5.9million recently unfrozen by a Lagos High Court, but she met a brickwall.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had procured a stay-of-execution of the judgement and also simultaneously filed an appeal against the judgment given last week on 6 April by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun,
News spread quickly that she visited the bank on Monday, following another visit on Friday 7 April. Unconfirmed reports said that she wanted to withdraw as much as $1million, but was given $100,000 by the bank.
According to NAN, she returned at 10:00 a.m. and had a closed-door meeting with an Executive Director of the bank.
She finally left the bank at 4:05 p.m. but declined to speak to newsmen who sought to know why she was there.
One of her aides, who declined to disclose his name, told newsmen that “everything was okay”.
A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Thursday vacated its order which in 2016 froze the Skye Bank account of the ex-first lady.
The account had a balance of $5.9 million dollars at the period.
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, set aside the ‘No-Debit Order’ which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission earlier placed on the account on allegations that the money found in it was a proceed of crime.