Solicitor to Mrs. Patience Jonathan, First Law Associates, has said that the former First Lady is a “senior citizen of international repute” and deserves respect from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Senior Partner, First Law Associates, Timipa Okponipere Esq. said this in an open letter to EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu in which he urged the EFCC to defreeze Mrs. Jonathan’s bank accounts which the anti-graft agency has frozen over alleged money laundering.
Okponipere warned that if the commission failed to heed in the next two weeks, it risks legal action.
The letter reads in part: 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.”