Militant groups in the Niger Delta have warned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against prosecuting the former first lady, Patience Jonathan.
The Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC) President, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, has urged the agency to stop its media trial of Mrs Jonathan and instead follow due process in its war against corruption. Mr Eradiri, speaking with reporters said that just like other First Ladies in the country, Mrs Jonathan should not have to answer any questions from the EFCC as she got her wealth through gratification and ‘thank you’ gifts from those who seek her help.
“Now, if you say Patience Jonathan should go and tell us how she made $1 million, then you must first of all start with other First Ladies, otherwise, it’s a witch-hunt. Patience Jonathan got her wealth from thank you and there is nowhere in the law that says we should not receive thank you gifts. So, EFCC should stop this nonsense.”
EFCC warned over Patience Jonathan
Mr Eradiri also questioned the EFCC about the whereabouts of funds allegedly recovered from ex-Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, saying that such funds should be paid into Bayelsa’s account, as it could help the state’s economy.
He said: “Bayelsa State money is in their coffers; we want our money back. Those are the issues they should be focusing on, returning stolen funds back to states so that those states can use the money to boost their economy and not using the instruments of the state to witch-hunt the former first family, especially former President Goodluck Jonathan.”
Also, a militant group, with the backing of the Niger Delta Peoples Professional Volunteer Force (NDPPVF), has threatened to attack if for any reason the ex- first lady is arrested.