The Former first lady had in a letter last week to the EFCC claimed that she was the rightful owner of the over $15 million found in several bank accounts.
Patience Jonathan told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that she had been withdrawing the money from the accounts to pay for her overseas medical bills.
The said accounts were frozen by the anti-graft agency in July this year.
The former first lady accused the EFCC of trying to harass her and short-change her of her personal funds.
Patience Jonathan also claimed that this was in breach of her fundamental human rights.
The wife of former president Goodluck Jonathan had on Thursday submitted an application submitted her to the Federal high court in Lagos.
Patience in the application claimed the seizure of funds by the EFCC is “illegal, unlawful, wrongful and prejudicial.”
She demanded the release of the money to enable her settle her medical related expenses.
Meanwhile, a top aide of former president Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges.
Patience Jonathan Calls EFCC Actions Prejudicial
The aide, Waripamo Dudafa appeared in court on Thursday facing money laundering charges linked to the former first lady.
Dudafa who was Jonathan’s special adviser on household and domestic matters is accused along with two others. and four companies of laundering millions of dollars in stolen public funds.
Also arraigned were four companies accused of laundering millions of dollars in stolen public funds.
Jonathan’s aide, Dudafa along with the two other men pleaded not guilty to the charges., while the representatives of the four companies pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering and forgery.
While the representatives of the four companies pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering and forgery.
The trial has been adjourned until September 27. Anti-corruption campaigners said the Nigerian government should investigate the
Patience Jonathan Calls For Release Of Her Seized Funds
Anti-corruption campaigners have said that the Nigerian government should investigate the former first lady.
Head of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders organization, Debo Adediran speaking to newsmen expressed shock that Patience Jonathan had “guts” to claim the money.
According to him:
“I only hope the present government will have the political will to pursue a trial to the end.”
Also currently standing trial for allegedly stealing millions in public funds is Jonathan’s cousin, Robert Azibaola.
So far, despite the arrest of several of his key staff and relatives, ex-president Jonathan has yet to be charged with any offense.