By Leke Adeseri, South West Regional Editor
The wife of former Aviation Minster, Mrs Precious Fani Kayode, yesterday faulted the statement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, about the freezing of her Access Bank account, over which she had a brush with the agency in Ado-Ekiti on Monday.
She said in a statement by her Special Assistant, Chineye Okechukwu, that instead of the N2.3 million said to be in the account by EFCC, she had only N295,518 in it.
The statement reads; ‘’The assertion by one Wilson Uwujaren, who is supposed to be the spokesman of the EFCC that Precious Chikwendu’s Access Bank account was used to launder former President Goodluck Jonathan campaign funds or funds from the NSA’s office and that approximately N2.4 million balance was found in the said account at the time of her arrest is a lie from the pit of hell.
‘’The said account was opened in 2005 at Onitsha when Precious Chikwendu was about to start at the University of Calabar.
‘’At that time it was not known as Access Bank but Intercontinental Bank. The account was used by her from 2005 till 2012 when it was abandoned and went dormant.
‘’It was neithert utilised nor activated again until August 2016 when small deposits of between N200,000 and N500,000 were made into it and the total amount that entered into that account over a period of two months was approximately N4 million naira.
‘’The money was spent on looking after the family, paying staff salaries and to buy groceries.
‘’Consequently, at the time the account was frozen last Friday, the amount that was left in it was N95,000.
‘’She was not notified about the freezing of the account until someone paid N200,000 into it on Saturday.
‘’The money entered the account but after that it could not be accessed.
‘’She decided to stop at the bank on her way out of Ado Ekiti on Monday in order to know what was going on and she was then detained and offered to the police and EFCC, together with her eight-month-old son, Aragorn, for arrest.
‘’The total amount in the account at the time of the arrest was N295,000 naira.”
‘’This is reflected in the screenshot above together with the relevant dates.
‘’ How Wilson of the EFCC arrived at his figure of N2.3million being in the account at the time of arrest is mind-boggling and absurd.
‘’It is nothing but a shameless and barefaced lie and he and the organisation that he works for are nothing but pernicious liars.
‘’ It is equally absurd to suggest that the said account had anything to do with Jonathan Campaign funds or Dasuki NSA funds given the fact that the said account was not even active or functional between 2012 right up until August 2016.
‘’The Presidential campaign took place in 2015 and at that time the account was dormant.