Former first lady, patience jonathan files a 2billion suit against EFCC for the Violation of her fundamental rights
Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan,
has filed a N2 billion rights enforcement suit against the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In the law suit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, the former
first lady is praying for an order for general damages and compensation
in the sum of N2 billion against the EFCC for the violation of her
Patience Jonathan alleged in the suit that the EFCC has incessantly
harassed her through negative media publications, denigrating and
degrading her person as corrupt, without any invitation, trial or
conviction by a court. She wants the court to declare that the said
harassment is a violation of her rights under section 37 of the 1999
She is also seeking a declaration that the “indiscriminate” freezing
of her bank accounts and those of her relatives by the EFCC under the
guise of investigation of proceeds of crime, without any invitation or
interrogation by the respondent is a violation of her rights to own
property and to fair hearing guaranteed under sections 44 and 36(1) of
the 1999 Constitution.
She further asked for “an order of court restraining the EFCC or any
person acting on its behalf from further violating” her fundamental
rights. The case has been assigned to Justice John Tsoho and will come
up on November 16, 2017 for hearing.