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Patience Jonathan Loses N2 billion Suit Against EFCC

Patience Jonathan Loses N2 billion Suit Against EFCC

A court in Abuja has struck out a N2 billion fundamental human rights suit file by Mrs. Patience Jonathan against EFCC.

A N2 billion fundamental human rights suit filed by Nigeria’s former first lady, Patience Jonathan against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been dismissed at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.

Mrs Jonathan had dragged EFCC to court accusing them of violating her various rights. In her suit filed on June 30, 2017, Patience accused the EFCC of harrassing her over her political views she held in 2015.

She alleged that the anti-graft commission resorted to invasion of houses linked to her, and obtaining interim forfeiture orders against accounts‎ and houses belonging to her, her non-government organisation and her family members.

But, delivering judgment on Tuesday, Justice John Tsoho, ruled that none of her complaints against the EFCC was sustainable. The judge ruled that none of her rights, including rights to fair hearing, own property, family life, dignity of human person, and freedom from discrimination, was violated by the actions of the EFCC in the agency’s handling of the investigations of bank accounts and properties linked to her and her relatives.

He held that the former First Lady having failed to prove her allegations against the commission, was not entitled to any of the six prayers, including N2bn damages, sought in the suit.

The judge noted that Patience’s case had been weakened by the fact that the EFCC had said its investigations were ongoing.

 

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