Nigerian women, numbering over 100 on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 stormed the Federal High Court in Lagos, chanting solidarity songs against the freezing order placed on the bank accounts of Dame Patience Jonathan, a former first lady of Nigeria.
The women, mostly Ijaw, dressed in traditional attire with head gears, stormed the premises of the Federal High Court in Lagos to protest the freezing order.
The placard-carrying women, chanted songs in Ijaw and English languages. Some of the inscriptions read: “Ijaw people are in solidarity with Jonathan”, “Unfreeze ex-President Jonathan’s wife’s account”.
“We urge EFCC to abide by the rule of law”, “Women must be heard.” Immediately after the court rose, the women trooped in their numbers toward a vehicle belonging to the EFCC, chanting solidarity songs.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had frozen Patience Jonathan’s personal account; ‘Patience Ibifaka Jonathan’, which is domiciled in Skye Bank Plc on september 22, 2016.
The commission said it was part of investigations into alleged diversion against a former Special Adviser to ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa, the anti-graft agency had frozen four companies’ accounts in Skye Bank with a balance of $15,591,700.
However, before the EFCC could arraign the four companies in court, Mrs. Jonathan deposed to an affidavit, claiming that the money belonged to her.
Despite Patience’s claims, the EFCC arraigned the four companies –Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited; and Globus Integrated Service Limited.
Jonathan, in a fundamental rights suit instituted against the EFCC, is asking for a court order, directing the unfreezing of her accounts. She is also claiming the sum of N200 million against the anti-graft agency as damages for allegedly infringing on her fundamental rights.