Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is a big thief for trying to steal her money.
The former First Lady who is in the eye of the storm after the body froze about $15 million found in four accounts belonging to four different companies which she claimed belongs to her, has given the EFCC 14 days to defreeze her account as well as tender a public apology to her beginning from September 18, 2016.
In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, by her law firm, First Law Associates, she urged the Commission to leave her alone as further attempts to withhold her money would result in a tough lawsuit.
The letter reads in part:
“We shall file an action at the African Commission on Human Rights at the Gambia demanding N5 billion in exemplary and punitive damages.
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.
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.”
Dame Jonathan went further to say the EFCC is a big thief and are hell-bent in confiscating her money.