The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has gathered fresh evidence against Esther Oba, an alleged cousin of Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
EFCC discovers fresh evidence against Patience Jonathan’s cousin
Oba is being accused of being a front for some of Patience’s accounts.
EFCC recently commenced an investigation against Oba who was identified as one of the owners of the N9 billion account believed to actually belong to Mrs Jonathan.
Quoting an unnamed source, Punch reported that Oba has been on the EFCC watch-list for possessing two valid Nigerian passports which bear two different signatures.
A source in the EFCC said: “After we froze Patience Jonathan’s accounts a few months ago, we continued to investigate the former First Lady. We then stumbled on some accounts, which did not bear her name but had her signature.
“We realised that one Esther Oba, who we believe is Patience’s cousin, had been operating some accounts for her. The accounts had Oba’s BVN but carried Patience’s signature. So we began investigating Oba.
“We found out that Oba used two different passports in operating some of the accounts. The two passports are valid but carry different signatures. We immediately wrote a letter to the Nigeria Immigration Service to seek clarification.
“Immigration confirmed that the two passports are indeed valid. They bear the same name, picture and details but different signatures. So, they have also launched an investigation into the matter. Obviously, this is a case of fraud.”
Attempts by the EFCC to locate Oba have been futile so far. The source, however, said the commission has hired forensic experts to study the signatures.