…As EFCC shuns panel


By Emman Ovuakporie

ABUJA-FORMER First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan is expected to appear before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions today over a petition where she alleged incessant harassment by men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC.

A source privy to this development told the Vanguard yesterday that despite the refusal of EFCC to Honour the House invitations,the probe would continue today.

He explained that since the probe started last July, “the anti-graft agency has ignored several letters sent by the committee to defend the commission.

Recall that Rep Gogo Bright representing Rivers under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP had submitted a petition on the floor of the House on July 6.

While presenting the petition, Gogo said because of the sacrifices her husband has done for the Country, the house should wade into the matter and call the security agencies to order.

The lawmaker said no former first lady has been harassed like this before in the history of Nigeria.

Vanguard further gathered that the committee may not have any choice than to dismiss the case if the anti-graft body fails to show up.

In the petition,Mrs Jonathan had alleged that apart from confiscating her assets, the agency’s agents had made her life unbearable.

When contacted, the House Committee Chairman on Public Petitions, Rep Uzoma Nkem-Abonta confirmed that the “probe will continue on Tuesday (Today).

When asked whether the former first lady was going to appear in person, Abonta simply said”I don’t know whether her lawyer or representative will stand in for her.


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