How Police raided Patience Jonathan’s brother’s house – Witness

Dame Patience Jonathan
Dame Patience Jonathan

Although no agency has owned up to the search, more details have emerged of the search of the residence of a brother to former first lady, Patience Jonathan.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how police officers raided the Maitama home of Mrs. Jonathan’s brother on Wednesday and conducted a search round the house.

Although the witnesses and security operatives told PREMIUM TIMES that the raid was conducted by police officers, police spokespersons said they were not aware of it.

A lawyer to Mrs. Jonathan, Charles Ogbole, who was at the residence when the raid was conducted, told PREMIUM TIMES that ‘about 20 to 25’ police officers were at the Maitama house on Wednesday to carry out the raid.

According to Mr. Ogbole, a leader of the police team claimed they came on the order of the Inspector General of Police.

“But immediately another man in mufti said the raid was ordered by the Attorney-General of the Federation.

“That one (the man in mufti) was the one who recorded their activities and took inventory,” he added.

When contacted, Saliu Isa, the spokesperson for Attorney General Abubakar Malami, told PREMIUM TIMES he was not aware his principal ordered the raid on the house.

“But I will find out,” he said.

Providing more details, Mr. Ogbole said that while the raid was ongoing, Mrs. Jonathan spoke with the operatives through the house guard’s phone, querying their mission at her brother’s residence.

“I asked one of the policemen and he told me they were actually looking for a Judge’s house in that area which they could not locate with certainty. So he said they broke into the house (Jonathan’s in-law’s) unsure of who the owner was,” Mr. Ogbole claimed.

He added that no search warrant was presented by the raid team.

Sources close to the Jonathan family told PREMIUM TIMES that the house was built by Mrs. Jonathan for her brother.
Although Mrs. Jonathan has been having a running battle with the anti-graft agency, EFCC, over the ownership of a controversial $15 million, sources at the commission said the EFCC did not carry out the raid.


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  • Arogbo

    I’ll not be surprised if the EFCC come knocking on President Jonathan home and pick his wife up for questioning. The former first lady went beyond her call of duty of as a first lady. She is very lucky that she is not yet behind bars. This is a total case of pure treasury looting by the former first lady. Haba, kilodede!

  • donMe$$i

    UNKNOWN SOLDEIR/POLICE/GOVERRNMENT – FELA

    “Although NO AGENCY HAS OWNED UP to the search,…”
    “police spokespersons said THEY WERE NOT AWARE of it”
    “a leader of the police team claimed they came on the order of the INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE ”
    “But immediately another man in mufti said the raid was ordered by the ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION”
    “Saliu Isa, the spokesperson for Attorney General Abubakar Malami, told PREMIUM TIMES he was NOT AWARE his principal ordered the raid on the house”
    “I asked one of the policemen and he told me they were actually looking for a Judge’s house in that area which they COULD NOT LOCATE WITH CERTAINTY”
    “So he said they broke into the house (Jonathan’s in-law’s) UNSURE OF WHO the owner was”
    “He added that NO SEARCH WARRANT was presented by the raid team”
    “sources at the commission said the EFCC DID NOT CARRY OUT the raid”

    Ahahahaha! I dey laff ooo!

    • Julius

      I would actually like the military boys to take over just for a year and take care of these corruption cases…then I would like to see u saying ‘hahahahahaha ! I dey laff oo.

      • share Idea

        Just as Abacha took care of 419 people and we later found out that the people he was harassing then were better than him in terms of morality. Nigeria we hail thh

        • Julius

          But, you are still alive.

  • Julius

    I wonder where an housewife with no job and no business enterprise that she can claim has the money to build a house for her herself , talk less of building one for somebody else.

    • Factsay

      Same way OBJ built University and Presidential library and ota farm with his salary and also buy properties for his family members in Abuja and Lagos.

      The next is IBB, help me list his assets

  • Factsay

    No search warrant?

  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    Search and/or arrest without a certified warrant is only done in Nigeria.And being that unlawful,it may be part of the Trade of Change!

    • Hah!

      …Certified warrant? what for? searching the homes or hideouts of notorious criminals who raped Nigeria don’t deserved any warrant, especially those who cornered Budgets meant for fighting the dare-devils BH.

      • Chidi Agunwa

        Be careful what you say because you might be the victim tomorrow. What the security operatives did was wrong notwithstanding who is involved.

        • Hah!

          How can I be a victim? All these people whose houses and farms been searched are know to have acquired illegal wealth which cannot be justified. mind you that 99% of those convicted criminals in Jails have denied their involvement in the crimes they have committed, yet the it was proved and were convicted. What we need is to call a spade a spade irrespective of ethnicity or religious affiliation. That is how a nation progress.

  • Man_Enough

    The more corrupt you are, the more you are loved in Nigeria. I think it is better we pass corrupt practices as legal in our statues.