Patience Jonathan through her solicitor, First Law Associates, has given the EFCC, 14 days effective September 18 to unfreeze her accounts.
The ultimatum also demands that the EFCC tender a public apology to Dame Patience.
Timipa Okponipere Esq., Senior Partner, First Law Associates, in an open letter to the EFCC chairman, urged the anti-graft agency to leave Patience Jonathan alone.
Okponipere warned that the EFCC will be sued for N5billion for “exemplary and punitive damages” at the African Commission on Human Rights at the Gambia.
Dame Patience’s lawyer claimed that the EFCC has no legal or political precedent for the actions against his client.
“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.”
Okponipere further stated that Dame patience is a person of international repute, a senior citizen, and an immediate past First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Patience Jonathan Issues 14 Day Ultimatum To EFCC
Dame Patience’s solicitor said:
“Our client is a… retired Permanent Secretary and… 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.”
Reeling out her credentials, Dame patience’s solicitor informed that while serving as First Lady of the country, she was the Initiator/Founder of the A. Aruera Women Foundation.
He further disclosed that she also founded the Women For Change Initiative, both NGOs which contributed substantially to the 35% affirmative action for women in the country.
Okponipere also mentioned that his client is the recipient of numerous local and international awards.
Noting that she has been recognized for her untiring commitment towards uplifting the living standard of women, children and the aged in Nigeria.
14 Day Ultimatum Demands EFCC Unfreeze Accounts, Apologise
Dame Patience Jonathan’s lawyer then drew the attention of the EFCC chairman to the supposed breach of the constitution by the antigraft agency.
“Sir, …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.”