Some lawyers, under the auspices of “Human Rights and Corruption Activist,” said yesterday that there was the need to treat any evidence of financial misconducts against the former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, with caution.
Three companies have pleaded guilty for laundering $15.6 million for Mrs. Jonathan.
But the lawyers, represented by Barrister Ugchukwu Osuagu, said at a media briefing, in Abuja, that the former first lady must be treated fairly and therefore called on the EFCC not to compromise its status as an impartial anti-corruption crusader.
He said: “We are not against the fight against corruption by the EFCC, but, let it be done with decency. The EFCC must not be seen as unleashing so many vendettas and carefully planned rehearsed acts of witch-hunt against Mrs. Jonathan.”
Barrister Osuagu said his group, which was in contact with Mrs. Jonathan, had “discovered that she was neither a director nor a signatory of the companies linked to the money laundering charges.”
According to him, “She did not open any bank account in the name of any company and had mandated that the accounts be converted to her personal names which were never done.
“It was in 2013/14 or thereabouts that she was given the ATM cards for all the three accounts; where in two of the accounts belonged to her mother,” he added.