The House of Representatives on Wednesday, received a petition from the former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In the petition presented to the House by Rep. Lovette Idisi, (PDP-Delta), the former first lady alleged that she was being “incessantly harassed” by the anti-graft agency.
Commenting on the petition, Idisi said that the wife of former President, Good luck Jonathan was presumed to be innocent until proven guilty as enshrined in Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“This petition is in line with Section 36 of the 199 Constitution, where every citizen of the country is presumed innocent until proven guilty. “Mr Speaker, the constant harassment of the former first lady is a petition emanating from her which was sent to my office. ‘’With the leave of the house, I seek your permission to lay the petition before the house,” she said. After Idisi laid the petition,the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, referred it to the Committee on Public Petitions.
It would be recalled that Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court Lagos, on Wednesday, adjourned till Jan. 18, 2017, hearing in a suit by former first Lady, Patience Jonathan, seeking enforcement of her fundamental rights. Jonathan had instituted the fundamental rights suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, claiming the sum of $200m as damages for inconveniences suffered.
In her suit, she also joined Skye bank Plc, and a former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Warampo Dudafa as respondents. Also joined in the suit are four companies namely: Pluto Property Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean company Ltd and Globus Integrated Service Ltd.