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Solicitor to former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Ibifaka Goodluck Jonathan, First Law Associates,
has given the Economic and Financial Commission, EFCC, 14 days with effect from
September 18 to defreeze her accounts and tender a public apology to her.

Senior Partner, First Law Associates, Timipa Okponipere Esq. in an open letter to EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, urging the Commission
to leave Mrs. Jonathan alone, warned that it refused to conform: “We shall file an action at
the African Commission on Human Rights at the
Gambia demanding N5 billion in exemplary and
punitive damages.”

The solicitor observed: “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.”

He said: “Our client is a respected senior citizen
of international repute, a retired Permanent
Secretary and the immediate past First Lady of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Our Client is 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.”
“During the 5 years our client served as First
Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between
May, 2010 and May, 2015; she was the Initiator/
Founder of the A. ARUERA WOMEN
FOUNDATION as well as the WOMEN FOR
CHANGE INITIATIVE; both of which Non-
Governmental Organizations (NGOs) substantially
contributed to the 35 per cent affirmative action
for women in the country.
Our Client is the recipient of numerous local and
international awards in recognition of her untiring
commitment towards uplifting the living standard
of women, children and the aged in Nigeria.
“Sir, it is against this sterling and meritorious
background of our client 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
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.

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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 solicitor asserted.
He added:

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.”


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