$15Million Loot: Human Rights Group Sues Buhari For Refusing To Prosecute Patience Jonathan

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September 25, 2016 – $15Million Loot: Human Rights Group Sues Buhari For Refusing To Prosecute Patience Jonathan

SERAP (Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project) has dragged the Federal Government to the Federal High Court in Lagos asking the court for “leave to apply for judicial relief and to seek an order of mandamus directing and or compelling the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against former first lady Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan over $15m unexplained wealth frozen in four companies’ accounts.”

The organization is also asking the court “for such order or other orders as the Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstance.”

The suit with number FHC/L/CS/1318/2016 dated 23th September 2016 was filed on behalf of SERAP by Adetokunbo Mumuni. SERAP’s suit is coming against the background of the request last week by Mrs Jonathan for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to defreeze her accounts and offer her a public apology within 14-days.

SERAP is asking for:

A DECLARATION that the failure of the Respondent to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan over $15m unexplained wealth frozen in four companies’ accounts is unconstitutional and unlawful as it contradicts and in conflict with the duties and obligations of the Respondent under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000

AN ORDER OF MANDAMUS compelling the Respondent to urgently institute and undertake criminal proceedings against Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan over $15m unexplained wealth frozen in four companies’ accounts.

“Nigerian laws allow for criminal penalties and forfeiture if in the course of an investigation there are reasonable grounds to believe that a corruption offence has been committed, that is, the failure to explain the origin of the $15m given present or past emoluments, and other relevant circumstances.”

“By a letter dated 13 September, 2016, requested the Attorney General of the Federation to urgently institute and undertake criminal proceedings against one Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan over $15m unexplained wealth frozen in four companies’ accounts. But since the receipt of the letter, and up till the filing of this suit, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has so far failed, refused and/ or neglected to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan.”

“Mrs. Jonathan has admitted that the four accounts belong to her and that she is the sole signatory to these accounts. The four Companies and their directors have since pleaded guilty to the commission of the offence.

The fact that the $15m found in the four accounts belonging to Mrs. Jonathan raises serious suspicion or at the very least a prima-facie case of unexplained wealth/illicit enrichment, and imposes a duty on Mrs. Jonathan to explain and justify the source(s) of the $15m.”

11 thoughts on “$15Million Loot: Human Rights Group Sues Buhari For Refusing To Prosecute Patience Jonathan

  1. President Mohammed Buhari war on corruption, looting and money laundering has failed miserably. Why? PMB admistration lack the courage and willingness to proscute criminals and looters even with hard evidence of looting the national treasure to bankruptcy. Fani Kayode, Raymond Dopesi, Dansuki, Peter Odile, Metu, Mama Thief-Nigerian former barbaric First lady, and countless of other are all enjoying their loots while those that were used by these crooks are those who were arrested and jailed by the failed EFCC. How can you ignore the principal actors and those who authorized the billions of dollars loots, and allowing them to walk and travel around the globe while the innocent users are those in prisons? Can anyone call that justice? Definitely no and a total faluire of the EFCC aND this admistration. No one has been charge to court for the missing $ 20 billions dollars from the NNPC account, and no one has been proscuted for looting the $3 billions of military weapons funds looted by president Jonathan and many politicians to date. I have no confident in the ability of the EFCC to deal with the looters of Nigerian funds, infacts, they lack the means to recover the looted funds, and to bring all involved in the looting to justice. What a shame of a nation! But they can arrest and detain an innocent woman begging for money on the street of Lagos because she has no political influence like Mama Thief-Patience Ole Jonathan. I’m not surprise because majority of the current APC politicians are former PDP members who are part and parcel of the looting for good 16 years. If a fomer First lady with no official office assigned to her can easily stole millions of dollars and diverted just $15 millions to amarture bank account like Sky bank, then Nigeria has no hope of resurrection. She built a first class hotel costing billions of naira in Otuoeke, she and her zoologist husband owns many businesses abroad, and hide millions of dollars in foreign banks. With these know facts, we should not be surprised that our people are living in total darkness because of lack of stable electricity, we have the worse health care system in the globe, with shattered educational system, our physical infrastructures are all collapsing before our very eyes, insecurity, joblessness, and high crimes. Corruption, mismanagement, misappropriation, money laundering, embezzlement, and because of those vagabonds of over 40 years that found their ways to power are the reasons millions of our people are struggling, living in abject poverty, and hardship. Poverty, hardship, frastration and many setbacks that we are experiencing today know no tribe, culture, and religious. Suffering and smiling because of corruption in high places in the country. Shameful!!!

  2. Why can’t the Human Rights people get a fiat from the Attorney General and prosecute the case themselves if they feel so strongly about it? If the Attorney General has to prosecute it will have to be his decision because he has the details as to whether or not investigation is concluded and the facts disclosed by such investigation. Prosecution is based on facts not politics.

  3. why would they drop a case that is almost done?

    i don’t think there is anything like rule of law in this country. it is an undisputed fact that some people seems to be higher than the law MAMA PEACE is a living example.. nobody is arguing that she can’t posses such a huge amount but the major problem here is that ‘is it legally made? . the EFCC shouldn’t have lay low on this case not now that things are even getting complicated.
    Another man who shows that there is no rule of law is Rotimi. how could someone who was reported to have looted Rivers state treasury become the minister of transport under a supposed anti corruption government..**SMH**

    OR DO WE CALL THIS IMMUNITY? is mama peace still enjoying immunity after she is no longer in power while Fayose who is in power has been deprived of it.

    The present government is working towards failing us
    * if you want to probe then do that without being partial
    * why are they only probing the last administration
    * why is it that after alleging individuals publicly the rest become hidden.

    fellow naijagisters i seriously believe the present government is playing the blaming game to distract Nigerians.
    Osibajo already made mention of Nigeria experiencing full change in 2019.

    this shows they are just masking and deceiving us using different propaganda to distract us from the opposition party.

    #clueless human
    #IT_CAN_ONLY_GET_BETTER

  4. why would they drop a case that is almost done?

    i don’t think there is anything like rule of law in this country. it is an undisputed fact that some people seems to be higher than the law MAMA PEACE is a living example.. nobody is arguing that she can’t posses such a huge amount but the major problem here is that ‘is it legally made? . the EFCC shouldn’t have lay low on this case not now that things are even getting complicated.
    Another man who shows that there is no rule of law is Rotimi. how could someone who was reported to have looted Rivers state treasury become the minister of transport under a supposed anti corruption government..**SMH**

    OR DO WE CALL THIS IMMUNITY? is mama peace still enjoying immunity after she is no longer in power while Fayose who is in power has been deprived of it.

    The present government is working towards failing us
    * if you want to probe then do that without being partial
    * why are they only probing the last administration
    * why is it that after alleging individuals publicly the rest become hidden.

    fellow naijagisters i seriously believe the present government is playing the blaming game to distract Nigerians.
    Osibajo already made mention of Nigeria experiencing full change in 2019.

    this shows they are just masking and deceiving us using different propaganda to distract us from the opposition party.

    #clueless human
    #IT_CAN_ONLY_GET_BETTER

  5. I wish Nigerians will give the president a chance. You were all patient watching all the looting going on and being pacified with crumbs under the table. The whole money has been moped up and will flow back in a way it will favor Nigeria. Take a chill pill and see God’s hand in Nigeria. God is not done with us. To get to the promised land is not easy.

  6. Ant corruption war of president muhammadu Buhari is a colossal waste and utter failure! It has failed and disappointed Nigerians. Then Nigerians can now candidly ask that,what is the achievement of the current administration toward his [TOP POLICY] which is the fight against corruption? 0!

    It is appalling,despicable and shameful that Buhari led-Government’s top policy has not yield any desired result.

    EFCC institution in Nigeria is now dwindling and has become an object of mockery and disgrace to the world! Even corruption is deeply embedded among it staff members,so shameful.

    EFCC institution under president Olusegun Obasanjo did some praiseworthy job that saw high profile government figure like James Ibori,Tafa Balogun among others disgraced and jailed for their money laundry activities.

    But what we have so far observed with the current administration’s approach in it fight against corruption is partiality,delayed investigation,corrupt judicial system,inability to bring corrupt suspect to trial.
    And lack of accomplishment and achievement in all this, has made his [TOP POLICY] a total waste and failure!

  7. You people should leave Mama Peace alone because Buhari is very selective in his so called fighting against corruption therefore, it can’t work also, there are many people in his cabinet who are wallowing in corruption day and night and nothing is being done

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