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The opulence of Patience Jonathan's hotel

The opulence of Patience Jonathan's hotel

- Nigeria’s former First Lady Patience Jonathan was recently accused of laundering money through fronts and other illegal acquisitions

- The ongoing investigations have also indicted her for illegally operating accounts through her aides who in turn used domestic servants to open secret accounts

- Mrs Jonathan is also alleged to have illegally acquired hotels in Yenagoa and Abuja with both hotels now the subject of investigations

Nigeria's former First Lady Patience Jonathan is currently in the eye of the storm over corruption deals. In a flurry of allegations, Patience, who was Nigeria's First Lady during her husband's former President Goodluck six-year rule has been accused of funneling illegal funds through various illegal means.

Some of the transactions were said to have involved her former aides who in turn opened secret accounts using the names of houseboys and drivers in some Nigerian banks.

The controversial First Lady known for her frequent emotional outbursts has denied any wrongdoing and has appealed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to release the seized money which she said belong to her.

The Okrika born Patience was also said to have illegally acquired hotels in both Abuja and Yenagoa. The federal government is said to be making moves to acquire the hotels.

A report by The Punch has revealed the opulence inside one of the hotels. The Aridolf Resort Wellness and Spa said to be owned by Mrs Jonathan is reportedly the most prestigious hotel in the oil-rich state of Bayelsa.

The hotel is located in Okaka Estate, along Isaac Adaka Boro Expressway in Yenagoa. The Aridolf boasts of about 200 rooms including suites. The price of the rooms are as high as N367, 500 making it one of the most expensive in the country.

Below are pictures of the hotel:

The opulence of Patience Jonathan's hotel

A picture of the hotel said to have been illegally acquired by Patience Jonathan. Credit: The Punch

The opulence of Patience Jonathan's hotel

Inside one of the rooms in the hotel. Credit: The Punch

READ ALSO: What business are you doing to earn $34.1m? Sagay slams Patience Jonathan

The opulence of Patience Jonathan's hotel

A room is said to cost a fortune in the hotel amid the poverty in Niger Delta. Credit: The Punch

READ ALSO: Return my $31.4m you stole - Patience Jonathan warns EFCC

The opulence of Patience Jonathan's hotel

The glitz of the hotel lobby contrasts sharply with the degraded Niger Delta environment

The current investigations involving the former First Lady is seen as a resolve of the Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari who has vowed to prosecute and recover all stolen funds which, many Nigerians believe, is the reason for the current economic recession ravaging the country.

The ongoing investigations involving the various actors who were part of the last administration under President Goodluck Jonathan is viewed as part of the efforts to recover all stolen money back to the treasury.

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