Former First lady, Patience Jonathan, has
issued a 14-day ultimatum starting from
September 18th to the EFCC to defreeze the
$15m found in the accounts of four companies
she has links with or face legal action.
Patience Jonathan last week claimed ownership
of the money found in the accounts and said
they were meant for her medical bills as well
as personal purchase.
According to Vanguard, counsel to Patience
Jonathan, First Law Associates, in a letter
addressed to the acting chairman of EFCC
Ibrahim Magu, asked the antigraft agency to
defreeze the accounts and tender a public
apology to her and that failing to do this, they
will file an action at the African Commission on
Human Rights at the Gambia demanding N5
billion in exemplary and punitive damages.” Part
of the letter reads
“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.
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,

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