Lady Patience Jonathan, Former First Lady, has petitioned the House of Representatives, alleging harassment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as she submitted the petition to the House by one of its members, Lovette Idisi.

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The petition stated that she had been “incessantly harassed” by the anti-graft agency. She also alleged that operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) are threatening her life, as she added that operatives of the agencies “broke” into her Abuja home twice in her absence.

The former First Lady also stated that EFCC froze her children’s and relatives’ accounts, credited to media reports  negatively affected her husband’s reputation.

Idisi slammed the EFCC, while reading the petition before the House. He said the EFCC’s actions towards the former First Lady were contrary to Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution, which presumed that individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

According to him, “This petition is in line with Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution which dictates that every citizen is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The constant harassment of the former First Lady is contained in a petition which emanated from her, that was sent to my office. With the leave of the House I seek your permission to lay the petition before the House.”

The petition was referred to the Committee on Public Petitions by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, who presided over plenary.

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