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Patience Jonathan’s Lawyers demand a Public Apology from EFCC & give Ultimatum of 14 Days for the Frozen Accounts to be Released

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Dame Patience Jonathan

Dame Patience Jonathan

The solicitors to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, have given the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) 14 days with effect from September 18 to unfreeze her accounts and tender a public apology to her.

In an open letter to the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, Senior Partner of First Law Associates, Timipa Okponipere stated that if the EFCC refuses 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.”

According to him:

“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.

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 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.”

Source: Vanguard

22 Comments

  1. Marlvina

    September 20, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Is this a threat to EFCC or what? Apology for what exactly?

    • One4All

      September 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      We all know this woman can never keep quiet! If she had kept mute, no one would even have realised she was the owner of the account. The illiterate that she is, would continue to talk. Ride on! More accounts would soon be discovered and frozen! Dem just dey start.
      But seriously, what will come out of this? EFCC has been freezing accounts and sealing off houses owned by corrupt officials since May last year and no one has been jailed. This case will die a natural death and Patience will get her account unfrozen. End od story. What happened to Dasuki? Why has he not been taken to court? In two and a half years, PMB will vacate Aso Rock, a new government comes in and everything is back to square one. Nigeria, we hail thee!

  2. Ada

    September 20, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Is this woman for real? apology? She has to explain how she earned the money oooooo

  3. FinchleysFinest

    September 20, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    …..in a country where anything goes….

    Weldon Mama Peace

  4. Spunky

    September 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    It’s on! Lets see how this plays out.

  5. Baby gurl

    September 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Why again was I born Nigerian? Such.

    • Gbemi

      September 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Eh yah …sorry Iran would have been better for you

    • nene

      September 21, 2016 at 1:32 am

      lmfao

  6. Marian

    September 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    opprobrium?? Jor o!! See english!!! This is just sad. From what i’ve read the accounts were not in her name. How in the world is that legal? The things wey person eyes go see for this naija sef. Abeg, lawyers what are we missing o. The fact that she has not been arrested must mean the law is somehow on her side. So what are we missing o??

  7. Pesin

    September 20, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Is this woman serious right now?

  8. Hmm.

    September 20, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    There just must be something to this case that Nigerians do not know.

  9. Prince

    September 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Una dey say rubbish. This is what Femi Falana said that Lawyers are the reason corruption will never end in this country. Instead of this gaddamn idiot to tell this woman the truth, he prefers to spit nonsense because of money.
    15million dollars. That’s not an ice cream money. Where does she get such money from. Who are are employees and what are the names of her companies and lets see how their tax is been paid.

    • Author Unknown

      September 21, 2016 at 5:53 am

      Lawyers and Rule of Law are two different things. Lawyers are supposed to be able to defend anyone regardless of the merits of the case. I’m surprised Femi Falana of all people would have said that.

  10. WOW

    September 20, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Wow!! Hey my WONDERS SHALL NEVER END NIGERIA…???

  11. Julie Ann

    September 20, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Africans are way too lenient
    If this was America, she will be arrested and be in jail right now
    She should proove how a public servant has this much money – What am i even saying she was not even the main public servant. her husband was

    Nigerians get your money from this woman.!!

  12. Jacko wacko

    September 20, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    What a nonsense! she is in a hurt water & she knew that. Mrs patience, the question is very simple. HOW DID YOU EARN/GET THE SAID MONEY?? unbelievable! WHO’S WHO IN NIGERIA?? I PERSONALLY DO NOT THINK NIGERIA WILL BE BETTER ANYTIME SOON!! MAYBE NOT THIS GENERATION!

  13. Jacko wacko

    September 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Just wondering what the heck gave her the guts to openly came out & claimed that the money is hers?? Obviously she’s got no respect for Nigerian people !! Sorry Mrs Patience!!! I am Personally glad Mr Jonathan is more inteligent this!

  14. Jacko wacko

    September 20, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Just wondering what the heck gave her the guts to openly came out & claimed that the money is hers?? Obviously she’s got no respect for Nigeria people!! sorry Mrs Patience!! I am Personally glad that Mr Jonathan is more intelligent than this!!

  15. bibs

    September 20, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwww I hail

  16. Shalewa

    September 20, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    O ma se ooooo

  17. Author Unknown

    September 21, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Maybe we can talk less about the 1999 Constitution and African Charter, and more about the Criminal Code. See thief talking.

  18. good girl

    September 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

    *eyes popping* at her diamond rings and watch ..

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