Last year, the former First Lady, patience Jonathan’s account was freezed by the EFCC due to some suspected looth associated with the money.
But after some deliberations court orders EFCC to unfreeze the account which contains $5.9m.
The ex first lady was reported to have gone to the bank yesterday to make a withdrawal but was stopped from taking as much as she wanted, due to the pending issues with the account.
A reliable source said: “The former First Lady came to our branch to collect cash from her unfrozen account but we could not honour her.
“She came at about 11am and left some minutes after 4pm. She had audience with an Executive Director of our bank.
“Her entry created a scene because she said the cash was her entitlement but we insisted that the account was still in dispute because of a pending appeal.
“There is still an application for a stay of execution. We do not want to engage in an act of subjudice.”
Another source at the EFCC said they “received intelligence report that the ex-First Lady went to Skye Bank Plc to access her account but the bank disallowed her because of a pending appeal.”
“We are determined to pursue this matter to a logical conclusion. Our position is that the account should remain frozen in line with our mandate.
“Considering our findings, 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 ex-First Lady and others,” the source added.
However, another report by The Cable says Mrs. Jonathan was able to withdraw some money from the account, but less than the amount she had requested.
The online news platform said she wanted to withdraw as much as $1 million, but was given $100,000 by the bank.
One of the aides of the former first lady was said to have told journalists that the transaction was successful.
The aide, who did not want to be named, simply said “everything was okay.”