The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been under pressure to drop the probe of Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, for money laundering, according to sources within the agency.
The anti-graft agency as part of investigations into a former Special Adviser to the President on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa, traced four company accounts containing $15.6m to him all domiciled at Skye Bank.
Mrs. Jonathan had, however, deposed an affidavit insisting the monies belonged to her before the EFCC could arraign the suspects.
The move led the anti-graft agency to probe the claim and eventually freeze her personal account, which had $5m in it.It was gathered that the agency had established a case of money laundering against her and was set to invite her for questioning.
But sources within the agency said it had been under pressure to drop the case as there are plans by Patience’s supporters to embark on a series of protests this week.
On Friday, scores of supporters of Mrs. Jonathan stormed the Port Harcourt zonal office of the EFCC asking the commission to stop probing her.
They insisted that Patience, who is also from Rivers State, was innocent.
The protesters, who were led by one Sara-Igbe Sukubo, a self-professed anti-corruption ambassador, said they were in the commission to express their unhappiness and submit their letter of protest over what he called ill-treatment of Mrs. Jonathan.
In his response, the South-South zonal head of the EFCC, Ishaq Salilu, told the protesters that the EFCC as a creation of law discharges its responsibilities within the ambits of the law.
He said, “The EFCC is a law-abiding organisation which discharges its duties not minding whose ox is gored. We do not shy away from our responsibilities. Where there is a case, we pursue it to its logical conclusion, if there is no case, there is none, we move to other things. The motto of the commission is ‘Nobody is above the law.’”