Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner
Jonathan’s wife cries out over persecution, threatens to sue EFCC

By News Express on 20/09/2016

Views: 1,369


Nigeria’s former first lady Patience Jonathan on Monday said the recent freezing of some $15m which she claimed belongs to her amounted to ‘political persecution’ and threatened to sue the country’s anti-graft agency over the freeze.

In an open letter to Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Jonathan insisted she was neither told of any corruption probe against her nor was she invited to make any statement before accounts she claimed to be hers were frozen on suspicion of graft.

“It is (Mrs Jonathan’s) brief that up until the writing of this Open Letter, she has not received any formal invitation to appear before the Commission for questioning; whereas her accounts domiciled with Skye Bank Plc. have since been frozen by the Commission without recourse to her,” according to the letter written by her attorneys.

“It is also our client’s brief that the EFCC failed to obtain a court order as required by Section 34 of the EFCC Act before her accounts were frozen.

“Our Client has unfortunately come under the vice grip and stranglehold of the cabal of political jobbers who would not allow her concentrate on her private life in retirement.”

Jonathan claimed the actions of the agency violated the country’s law and her rights under the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights. She asked the agency to unfreeze the accounts within the next 14 days or risk being dragged before the African Commission on

Human and Peoples’ Rights in The Gambia.

Jonathan’s funds frozen by the anti-graft agency were found in accounts operated by firms belonging to those who were aides to her assistant, Waripamowei Dudafa.

All four firms last Friday pleaded guilty to charges of laundering the $15m on behalf of Jonathan's aide. However, the former first lady claimed the accounts belonged to her.

The agency, for its part, insists the money was a proceed of corrupt enrichment and that freezing it until purported owners proved otherwise is within its constitutional right.

The case is just one of the many corruption cases linked to the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan. (Anadolu Agency)

•Photo shows Patience Jonathan.

Source News Express

Posted 20/09/2016 05:00:13 AM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
FRSC to enforce speed limiters from Sept 1...

Okowa mourns as Catholic Church collapses on Worshipers...

Slavery thriving in London: Police Chief

2015: Buhari is the choice of Nigerians —Aregbesola...

Amnesty International demands immediate release of El-Zakzaky and...

DSS invasion of judges’ homes an affront to...

I won’t probe past government in Ondo —...

Massive turnout at Delta North PDP campaigns in...

Ekiti lawmakers drag Fayemi, 6 others to EFCC...

ADP dismisses purported collapse of Imo State chapter...

Abia flags off ‘Operation pick used water proof...

Arsenal’s Premiership title chase suffers setback (West Brom...

 

Latest News BBNaija housemates caught having sex FAAN reveals identity of man who climbed aircraft at Lagos airport Hunter shot by dog loses leg Several feared dead, many trapped in Delta building collapse Policemen throw out family from plane Election results were collated in the coven, witness tells Tribunal Ortom blows hot, condemns Miyetti Allah’s latest order Pilot grounded for sending hijack alert by mistake Two soldiers, civilian killed ahead of polls 48m Nigerians at risk of river blindness – Expert 91 test positive to HIV/AIDS in Ogun Wolves beat Manchester City to win Asia trophy

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (510,263 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (431,646 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (373,631 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (316,825 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (282,579 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (247,257 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (239,406 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (224,045 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (221,313 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (208,868 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (188,447 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (187,059 views)

 

NLNG Job Vacancy

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (97) Business & Economy (4,358) Business Verdict (76) Columnists (1,075) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (211) Entertainment (636) Features (779) Global Business Monitor (396) ICT Monitor (54) International (3,729) Interview (192) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (164) Maggie's Blog (342) News (48,862) Opinion (1,292) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,172) Religion (1,051) Sports (2,105) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera