Thirteen witnesses will be presented by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to testify against Dame Patience Jonathan on corruption charges when the court sits on September 27.
The Nation reports that an EFCC source said the witnesses are being kept secret in order to protect them from external pressure.
“The Account Officer, who managed the slush funds, will tell the court the remittances into the accounts and how the ex-First Lady operated them. I think Nigerians have not heard the last on these slush accounts. This is not a case of witchhunt,” the source said.
The source also confirmed that preliminary investigations showed that the frozen funds were from gratifications.
He said, “We are still investigating her and she cannot operate all these accounts until she is able to give the details of the sources of funds remitted into the accounts.
“Already, the team which investigated the case has declared that she has a case to answer. But we need to dig more before determining her fate.”
“We can safely conclude that a prima facie case of conspiracy to retain proceeds of unlawful activities, retention of the proceeds of unlawful activities, money laundering, contrary to Section 15(3) and 18(a) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and forgery contrary to Section 1(2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004 have been established against the aforementioned suspects.”
Mrs. Jonathan had laid claim to $15m found in four company accounts domiciled in Skye Bank while investigating Waripamowei Dudafa, the former Senior Special Assistant (Domestic /Household) to former president Goodluck Jonathan.