The Human Right and Advocacy Centre, HRDAC, has firmly demanded the arrest of ex-first Lady, Patience Jonathan as they criticize the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for being selective in fighting corrupt government officials.
The group said EFCC should change their motto from ‘Nobody is above the law’ since it could not probe and prosecute the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
In a statement released by the group on Wednesday, October 12, titled: ‘Demand for arrest, prosecution of Patience Jonathan, probe of APC campaign fund and no more sacred cow in the anti-corruption crusade’ signed by Queen Ameh, and Innocent Agbo during a protest at the EFCC office in Ikoyi, Lagos, they questioned why Patience Jonathan was still walking freely in spite of the evidence compound against her as EFCC claimed.
The formal statement reads:
“You have found evidence incriminating Patience Jonathan but we are surprised that Patience Jonathan is still allowed to be walking freely, and even had the audacity to take the EFCC to court to demand the release of her money to her.”
EFCC had earlier announced that Mrs. Jonathan will never escape the wrath of the law if she is found guilty of corruption. Hence the group questions why EFCC found it difficult not to only go after Patience, but the likes of ex-Presidents, including Ibrahim Babangida, Abdusalam Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking further during the protest, Mr. Agbo said;
“I have been to this same EFCC to bail several people over the issue of N500,000 passing through their accounts innocently.
“They were invited, they came voluntarily and you people held them. But we have somebody with our money, $15 million which is N6 billion, walking freely.
“We have the issue of Badamasi Babangida; it is open knowledge that N12 billion gulf money was missing under his regime, nothing is done; we are aware of Obasanjo and the $16 billion power funds, you people are not investigating it; we are aware of the petition against Amaechi to the EFCC; we are aware that the APC did not get the funds for its election campaign from only Buhari’s account.
“We are aware that you are probing the Peoples Democratic Party, why are you not probing the APC?”
In responds to the protesters, the EFCC Deputy Director of Operations, Mr. Iliyasu Kwarbai reiterated that there are no ‘sacred cows in the anti-graft war and assured proper marshal of justice to culprits no matter how highly placed the individual is in the society.
“We must sanitise our country and provide a very good environment that people can come and invest in; an economy that is devoid of any economic and financial crime.”