Patience Jonathan Reportedly Gives EFCC 2weeks To Defreeze Her Accounts & Tender Apology - Naijatune

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Patience Jonathan Reportedly Gives EFCC 2weeks To Defreeze Her Accounts & Tender Apology

Solicitor to former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Ibifaka Goodluck
Jonathan, First Law Associates, has given the Economic and
Financial Commission, EFCC, 14 days with effect from
September 18 to defreeze her accounts and tender a public
apology to her.
in an open letter to EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, urging the
Commission to leave Mrs. Jonathan alone, warned that it
refused to conform: “We shall file an action at the African
Commission on Human Rights at the Gambia demanding N5
billion in exemplary and punitive damages.”
The solicitor observed: “There is no established legal or
political precedent for what the EFCC is currently doing to our
client. How many former First Ladies in Nigeria have received
the Patience Goodluck Jonathan Treatment (PGJT) to have
warranted the EFCC to engage in the effrontery to freeze our
client’s accounts and subject her to public opprobrium,
ridicule and disgrace? This nonsense must stop forthwith.”
He said: “Our client is a respected senior citizen of
international repute, a retired Permanent Secretary and the
immediate past First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Our Client is a law-abiding citizen who has never or at all been
the subject of any criminal and/or financial investigation,
whether at home or abroad. Accordingly, she has not been
found guilty of any criminal conduct throughout a sparkling
public service career spanning over 35 years.”
“During the 5 years our client served as First Lady of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria between May, 2010 and May, 2015;
she was the Initiator/Founder of the A. ARUERA WOMEN
FOUNDATION as well as the WOMEN FOR CHANGE INITIATIVE;
both of which Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
substantially contributed to the 35 per cent affirmative action
for women in the country.
Our Client is the recipient of numerous local and international
awards in recognition of her untiring commitment towards
uplifting the living standard of women, children and the aged in
Nigeria.
“Sir, it is against this sterling and meritorious background of
our client that we most respectfully, write to draw your
attention to the numerous breaches of the 1999 Constitution
(as amended) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples
Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004 committed by
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in
cause of the Commission’s illegal and unlawful investigation of
our client for alleged money laundering.
These investigations have reportedly led to the freeze of our
client’s accounts and led to untold consequences to our
client’s health and wellbeing,” the solicitor asserted.
He added: “The EFCC must realize that the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 is
inferior in content and quality to both the 1999 Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As amended) and the African
Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, 2004.”
Vanguard

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