Sources within the EFCC has revealed to news men that it blocked a fresh attempt by Patience Jonathan to withdraw $5m from her frozen account during the week.
This attempt was frustrated after Skye Bank informed the commission that the former first lady had placed a standing order for $5m to be withdrawn from the account but it was stopped.
The detective said, “We received an alert from Skye Bank during the week that Patience attempted to withdraw $5m from her personal account titled Patience Ibifaka Jonathan which is domiciled at the bank.
“We immediately told the bank not to allow any withdrawal because a ‘No Debit Order’ had been placed on the account.”
It will be recalled that the EFCC had frozen four other company accounts with a balance of $15m. The accounts were linked to Waripamowei Dudafa, a former Special Adviser to Jonathan on Domestic Affairs.
However, Patience filed an application claiming ownership of the money during the charge of Dudafa and the directors of the companies, She subsequently asked the court to lift the restriction on the accounts.
The directors of the companies on Wednesday pleaded guilty to money laundering.Though the EFCC applied for the money to be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government,the Federal High Court however deferred the request.