Jonathan’s godson threatens N10 billion suit against EFCC
Group seeks investigation of Ngige
The embattled godson of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. George Turnah, has threatened a N10 billion defamation suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Turnah, a former Special Assistant to the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dan Abia, yesterday, also issued a seven-day ultimatum to EFCC and a social media practitioner, Mr. Bodmas Kemepadei, to retract and pay him a N100 million compensation over defamatory statements made against him.
Turnah is standing trial for obtaining by false pretence and money laundering in a Federal High Court, Port Harcourt. The suit was brought against him and eight companies by the EFCC.
His counsel, Amuda-Kannike (SAN), Obiareri Anugbum, in a statement stressed that the anti-graft agency apology must be published in three national dailies, on Facebook and two most visited blog sites in Nigeria, to avoid the N10 billion defamation suit.
Turnah’s legal counsel also demanded for bail as well as setting aside of the interim order of forfeiture made by the Federal High Court on May 23, 2017.Meanwhile, a Civil Society Organisation, Advocates for Peace and Effective Justice Development Initiative (APEJDI), has called on the EFCC to commence an investigation into the source of funds used in the purchase of a property worth $922,600 in the United States by the Minister of Labour and Productivity and former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chris Ngige.
A letter addressed to the acting EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, and signed by its National Coordinator, Mr. Maxwell Alaeto, stated that Ngige, shortly after he left office as governor, purchased the property in question.
APEJDI, which stressed that nobody is above the law, implore the EFCC to immediately commence an investigation over the source of funds Ngige used in the purchase of the property in the interest of justice.” We therefore implore you sir, to cause an investigation to be carried out in the over all interest of the people of Anambra State and the country in general.’’
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