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Patience Jonathan drags EFCC to National Assembly

Former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan has, on Wednesday, dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the national assembly alleging incessantly harassment by the anti-graft agency.

Mrs Jonathan petitioned the House of Representatives that she was being “incessantly harassed” by the agency

The petition was presented to the House by a lawmaker representing, Ethiope Constituency, Delta State and of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] stock, Lovette Idisi.

Commenting on the petition, Idisi said that the wife of former President was presumed to be innocent until proven guilty as enshrined in the Constitution.

“This petition is in line with Section 36 of the 199 Constitution, where every citizen of the country is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” he said.

“Mr Speaker, the constant harassment of the former first lady is a petition emanating from her which was sent to my office.

“With the leave of the house, I seek your permission to lay the petition before the house,” he added.

After Idisi laid the petition, the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, referred it to the Committee on Public Petitions.

In another development, the Federal High Court, Lagos, on Wednesday, further adjourned till January 18, 2017, hearing in a suit by the former First Lady.

Mrs Patience Jonathan was, in the suit, seeking enforcement of her fundamental rights.

Jonathan had instituted the fundamental rights suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), claiming the sum of 200 million dollars as damages for inconveniences suffered.

In her suit, she also joined Skye bank Plc, and a former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Warampo Dudafa as respondents.

Also joined in the suit are four companies namely: Pluto Property Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean Company Ltd and Globus Integrated Service Ltd.

When the case was called on Wednesday, counsel to Jonathan, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) informed the court of a motion seeking to regularise his processes before the court.

Justice Idris granted him leave to amend his processes, while the court also granted leave to the EFCC to amend its counter affidavit.

The court consequently, fixed Jan. 18, 2017 for continuation of hearing.

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