Justice Salihu Saidu of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has fixed April 24th to hear a fundamental rights suit filed by Patience Jonathan, the wife of Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
EFCC lawyer, Kayode Oni, challenged the jurisdiction of the court, while the counsel to Patience Jonathan, Granville Abibo (SAN), faulted the EFCC notice, describing it as a delay tactic.
Speaking with newsmen outside the court room, Abibo SAN said they are in court to stop the EFCC from intimidating the wife of the former President.
According to him, “You are aware that Mrs. Jonathan has always tried to be law abiding despite being harassed and intimidated by the media trials.
“The court being the last hope of the Command man that is why we have come to court. But you know in court the other party has the right to reply but the matter has just be adjourned because of EFCC because they just brought a notice to court today which we need to respond.
“For us we have put the facts on the table truthfully. The EFCC took the first shot by freezing her accounts but they have refused to stop there. They have also gone ahead to take other unecessary actions which we feel is violating her rights.”