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Saturday 24 September 2016

Concerned Youths take to the Street in protests over EFCC probe of Patience Jonathan

A coalition of Civil Rights Organisation, Youths and Ijaw Nation Worldwide yesterday stormed the streets of Port Harcourt to protest the ongoing probe on the former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The protesters marched from CFC junction on the Aba-Port Harcourt Highway to the office of the EFCC in Port Harcourt with placards bearing different inscriptions like  ‘Why are you Harassing our Daughter’, 'EFCC Leave our Daughter Alone’, ‘The probe was politically motivated’ and others
The EFCC had reportedly discovered and frozen over $31 million in banks  accounts said to be owned by Mrs. Jonathan, in  a probe  the groups alleged was targeted at damaging the reputation of the former First Lady.

In a protest letter submitted to the Zonal Head of EFCC, Ishaq Salihu, at the Commission's South- South zonal office in Port Harcourt, Ambassador Sukubo Sara-Igbe stated that the activities of the EFCCC towards Mrs. Jonathan is aimed at stealing her hard earned money and reputation.
The letter reads in part:“The continued portrayal  of Mrs. Patience Jonathan as a woman of questionable character is totally condemnable by the people of Niger Delta, this we shall not fold our hands watch.
“We know this trial is politically motivated and it is to steal patience Jonathan’s hard earned money in this era of great hunger and economic recession.
“The EFCC establishment at 2004 is inferior in content and quality to the African chatter human right 2004 and the 1999 constitution of the federal government as amended’’
“We therefore call on you Sir and your commission, the EFCC to render unreserved apology for the damage already committed and take remedial action in restoring to Mrs. Jonathan bartered image.
“It is against this inspiring and meritorious background 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 the people’s right (gratification and enforcement) Act 2004, this atrocity committed by the EFCC in the course of the commissions illegal and unlawful investigation of Mrs. Patience Jonathan for
alleged money laundry. This investigation has reportedly led to the freezing of her account. This has led to untold consequences of Mrs. Jonathan health and wellbeing.”
Addressing the protesters, Sara-Igbe who led the protest, described the former first lady as a woman of unquestionable character, condemning the activities of the EFCC to portray her in a negative manner.
“We came in a peaceful manner without insulting or throwing words at anybody. We are here to kindly see the EFCC, letting them and the world knows that we are not happy about the victimization of sister.”
He, however, claimed that there was no formal criminal complaint against of Mrs. Jonathan in any court that has warranted the freezing of her account, even as he urged the commission to unfreeze the said
Responding, the Zonal Head of EFCC, Ishaq Salihu said: “I am very happy with the manner you have coordinated yourselves peacefully in this protest that is why I am here to address you. I want to assure
you that we are a creation of the law. We respect the way you approached the situation.”
“Nobody should justify the criminal illegality that has been going on. Our motto is nobody is above the law. There is nothing like selective cases in the EFCC.
"We are professionals to the core; the invitation of someone is the last leg of our cases. Bank documents and things that are required must have been gotten.”

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