Saturday, 24 September 2016

Photos: Ijaw youths protest against Patience Jonathan’s probe by EFCC

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Angered by the probe of Dame Patience Jonathan’s accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, thousands of Ijaw youths on Friday stormed the Port Harcourt Zonal office of the commission to protest against the treatment meted out to the former First Lady. 

A statement made available to Saturday Vanguard by the Spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, indicated that the protesters carrying placards with various inscriptions, such as “Patience is Innocent”, 
“How Many First Ladies have Been Tried in Nigeria,” “Mrs Patience Jonathan Deserves Respect, Stop Embarrassing Her,” “EFCC Stop Victimizing Niger Delta People,” “EFCC How many corrupt Nigerians have been prosecuted and jailed,” and so on were led by one Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo, a self acclaimed ambassador. Sukubo reportedly told EFCC officials that they were in the commission to protest what they considered as an unprecedented ill-treatment of a former First Lady of Nigeria. Sukubo said, “We are here to express our unhappiness and submit our letter of protest over what we consider as ill-treatment of the former first Lady. 
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“We, as coalition of Niger Delta Civil Rights Organisatioin, concerned youths and Ijaw Nation World Wide, hereby, demand that the EFCC should stay off Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan, as there is no established legal or political precedent for what EFCC is currently doing to Mrs Patience Jonathan,” Sukubo said. But the South South Zonal Head of the EFCC, Ishaq Salilu, calmed the protesters, saying that as a law-abiding agency of the government, it was merely doing its duties without any fear or favour. Salilu told the protesters that the EFCC as a creation of law, discharges its responsibilities within the ambit of the law.
 “EFCC is a law-abiding organization, which discharges its duties not minding whose ox is gored. We do not shy away from our responsibilities. Where there is a case, we pursue it to logical conclusion, if there is no case, there is none, we move to other things. 

The motto of the Commission is “Nobody is Above the Law,” he said. Ishaq commended the protesters for the peaceful manner they conducted themselves and assured them that their letter would be transmitted to the appropriate authorities. Mrs. Jonathan recently instituted an action against the EFCC claiming that the money placed on “Post-No-Debit category” in the accounts of four companies currently being prosecuted on money laundering charge by the Commission, belong to her. Pictures of Mrs. Jonathan’s supporters protesting at EFCC office in Port Harcourt on Friday

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