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Stop ‘media trial’ of Patience Jonathan, rights lawyers tell EFCC


Patience Jonathan

Patience Jonathan

A group of human rights lawyers, yesterday, called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to put an end to the “media trial” of former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

Addressing reporters on behalf of the group, in Abuja, Ugochukwu Osuagwu, said they were not against investigating and prosecuting the former First Lady, but that it had to be done in line with the law, and not on the pages of newspapers or the Internet.

Osuagwu said the $31.4 million released to the public is not the correct figure of what is in the said Skye Bank account owned by Mrs. Jonathan.

He said: “The actual figure is $8.2 million. This is the correct amount, not $20m, not $31.4m released to the public. We wish to state that the story of the EFCC, and as published by various media concerning Mrs. Jonathan and Skye bank, is false, malicious and does not reflect the true picture of what transpired.”

“We are not against the fight against corruption by the EFCC, but let it be done with decency. It must not be seen as unleashing vendetta, vindictiveness and carefully planned and rehearsed acts of witch-hunt against Mrs. Jonathan.

“We, as concerned citizens, termed this media trial a complete defamation of character against the past wpresident. Remember what goes around comes around. With the recent development, a bad precedent is being laid down.”

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    Aren’t you lawyers ? Go to court.

  • aiyekotto

    Either PMB has bad advisers or he doesn’t listen to them. When you decide to indirectly probe GEJ and leave out the rest like OBJ, IBB, Abdusalami, Yaradua, you are looking for trouble. Either you probe all or you leave all. And BDW, where did Aisha Buhari get $30,000 to buy handbag?

    • yinka

      So, what is your point? EFCC should not collect the people money from Mama Peace. BTW, how come GEJ did not probe IBB or OBJ or who stop him from doing it.

  • Iskacountryman

    then what would we show as our fight against the pdp?