Nigeria’s ex-first lady urges Buhari to end ‘unjustified witch-hunt’

2017-10-04 16:29
Patience Jonathan. (AFP ,  File)

Patience Jonathan. (AFP , File)

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Lagos – Nigeria's ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's wife has lashed out at the anti-graft agency boss Ibrahim Magu for conducting what she described as an “unjustified witch-hunt” against her, says a report.

According to the Vanguard newspaper, in a statement Patience Jonathan claimed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was following a sinister script to embarrass and browbeat the former first family.

She added that unlike other ex-first ladies her family and charity projects were being subjected to microscopic scrutiny by the [President Muhammadu] Buhari administration.

She said the real intention was to disgrace, intimidate ridicule her and her family, through propaganda, sensational investigation and media trial that have been going on for too long.

Jonathan said she had called on the president to put an end to the alleged harassment.

President Buhari, who was elected in 2015 on an anti-corruption ticket, has vowed to stamp out the graft that plagues the oil-rich country.

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But critics have accused the ex-military ruler of orchestrating a witch-hunt against former officials of Jonathan’s party.

Johnson's claims that several bank accounts had been frozen as part of an inquiry into her by the anti-graft agency were vindicated. 

She had filed a complaint against the EFCC in September, claiming that she is the rightful owner of $15.6m held in several accounts.

The accounts were frozen last July as part of a money laundering and forgery investigation of some of the ex-president's former advisers, as well as top officials at four companies.

They are suspected of laundering millions of dollars from public institutions.

Read more on:    efcc  |  patience jonathan  |  muhammadu buhari  |  goodluck jonathan  |  nigeria  |  west africa

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