The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has stated that former First Lady, Patience Jonathan must explain the source of the $5m traced to her accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

According to him, if the former first lady was claiming that she owned the money then she must explain how she earned it, since she was not holding any office.

Sagay told Punch that the Act establishing the EFCC gave the anti-graft agency the power to investigate anybody who was seen to have more wealth than he ought to have.

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He said, “The EFCC and ICPC Act have provisions under which they can ask the court to freeze the account of a person if a person’s capacity to earn is below the amount of money that the person appears to have.

“If you are living a lavish lifestyle and it appears you don’t have the means to have acquired the property and the wealth you have, the EFCC is free to probe you.

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“If she is claiming the money belongs to her, she has put herself in a position where she must explain how she earned it.”

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