The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), on Friday said former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan can never get justice in the money laundering case against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The group said this in a statement by its spokesperson, Cynthia Whyte.
The group said it has enough evidence to prove its insinuation, stating that the investigations by the EFCC is a “well-orchestrated campaign of calumny”.
It said the case will be taken to the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, if the restriction imposed on the account of the former first lady is not lifted.
It said, “When the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) began the well-orchestrated campaign of calumny against the former President’s wife, Her Excellency, Mrs. Patience Jonathan; we felt obligated to intervene,” the statement read.
“Consequently, we began casting about for the kind of lawyer who could take up the gauntlet against the EFCC and the federal government. All the lawyers we approached turned us down; citing sundry lame excuses. But, TIMIPA JENKINS OKPONIPERE, ESQ., an international lawyer and human rights activist embraced the brief and set out to work immediately; whereupon we mobilized him with 50% of the agreed professional fee.
“Thus began our journey to the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights at The Gambia.
“However, Mr. Okponipere began by writing an Open Letter to EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu dated September 18, 2016; giving the commission 14 days within which to address the alleged breaches of the fundamental rights of Mrs. Jonathan.
“If, at the expiration of the ultimatum, the EFCC failed, refused and/or neglected to address the alleged breaches, Mr. Okponipere already has our instruction to approach the AFRICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES RIGHTS at The Gambia.
“Regarding the proposed journey to The Gambia, we shall embark on the trip for the following reasons, to wit:
“There is sufficient evidence to indicate that Mrs. Patience Jonathan cannot obtain justice in Nigeria.”
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.