Patience Jonathan loses N2bn suit against EFCC

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, struck out the breach of fundamental human rights N2billion suit filed by the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Patience Jonathan against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In his judgment, Justice John Tsoho, held that the applicant had not placed enough evidence before the court to show that her rights were abused by the anti-graft agency.
On the issue of illegal entry into her home and those of her relatives raised by the applicant, Tsoho held that the evidence adduced was not sufficient to earn her the prayer.
He said: a�?The applicant had based her allegation on unverifiable online publications. The EFCC denied the allegation and there is no strong evidence to show that the EFCC raided her house or those of her relatives.a��a��
On the freezing of her accounts, the judge held that the EFCC had the statutory rights to investigate all suspected financial deals in the country.
a�?The respondent (EFCC) had alleged that humongous deposits were made into the applicanta��s account and that some of the inflows were from government establishments.
a�?The anti-graft agency had satisfied the court when it averred that most of the deposits were proceeds of money laundering,a��a�� Tsoho said.
The judge, therefore, held that Jonathan was not entitled to any of the reliefs she had sought having failed to place sufficient evidence before the court.
a�?Consequently, the suit is struck out for lacking in merit,a��a�� he said.
The ex-presidenta��s wife had filed the suit asking the court to compel the EFCC to stop the serial manner in which her fundamental rights to privacy, dignity and fair hearing had been breached.
She demanded N2 billion from the EFCC as general damages and compensation for the violation of her rights.

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