Igbo Youth Protest EFCC Persecution Of Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan

Igbo Youth Protest EFCC Persecution Of Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan

By Ekamma Jacobs | Staff Reporter on December 1, 2016
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Ibrahim Magu, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (left); Dame Patience Jonathan pictured at Port Harcourt International Airport on Sunday, October 2, 2016 | The Trent

A group, Concerned Igbo Youths, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 locked some major streets in Enugu, protesting against the ongoing action of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, The Guardian reports.

Led by their coordinator, Victor Ezenagu, they said the probe, which had led to the freezing of her bank account, was aimed at humiliating former President Goodluck Jonathan.

They marched to the Enugu office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, where they submitted a petition titled “Unjust persecution and desperate plan to humiliate former President Goodluck Jonathan,” to the South East zonal head of the commission,  Johnson Babalola.

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According to the youths: ‎”‎While we salute the commitment of the present administration towards fighting corruption in the country, we, however, express our disaffection with the manner the war is being prosecuted by the commission.

“It is quite condemnable that having sacrificed his ambition for the sake of Nigeria’s future, Jonathan’s family is being visited with such cruelty from the commission.”

They added that while they were not against the anti-graft war, “it should be done within the ambit of the law. It is not proper for the EFCC to punish the family of the former president and freeze their account over mere allegations.”

Meanwhile, Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the January 12, 2017 handover date to new national executives remains sacrosanct despite the delay in the constitution of the electoral committee.

The four-year tenure of the incumbent leadership of Chief Gary Igariwey would elapse by January 12, 2007 to pave the way for new officers.

This article originally appeared on Signal.

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