The tug of war between Dame Patience Jonathan and the EFCC has taken a new twist as she has dragged the agency to the House of Representatives.
Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan
Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has asked the House of Representatives to protect her from constant harassment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Patience Jonathan conveyed this in a petition she wrote to the House of Representatives. Disclosing the content of the petition on Wednesday’s plenary, a member of the House, Lovette Idisi, a legislator from Delta state, quoted Patience as citing section 36 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
“This petition is in line with section 36 where every citizen is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“Mr. Speaker, here is a petition on the constant harassment of the former first lady. It was sent to my office. With the leave of the house, I seek your permission to lay the petition before the house.” Idisi read out.
Reacting to the petition, Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara referred it to the House committee on public petitions.
It would be recalled that the EFCC had accused Patience Jonathan of making $15million found in several bank accounts linked to her through fraudulent means for which a court gave an order for it to be frozen.