Dame Jonathan’s Petition: Reps Seek Identities Of Informants


By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition yesterday, requested the the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to avail it with identities of informants who gave tip-off leading to a raid on a property belonging to the former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.
The Committee also summoned leaderships of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, the Federal Inland Revenue Service as well as the Nigerian Police to appear as defendants to a petition in the House alleging harassment of the former first lady and her relations.
At hearing on the case, the NDLEA represented by a director in the agency, Femi Oloruntoba informed the lawmakers that his agency got a tip-off from an anonymous source to the effect that the property located at Igbeti Rock Street Maitama Abuja was being used for drug related activities.
“Based on the information, 8 officers of my agency visited the premises, after surveillance was conducted on the premises. It is not true that 50 officers from my agency visited the premises”.
He explained that the officer who met two occupants of the premises provided them with a search endorsement form which they endorsed indicating that the search was conducted without any damage to the property or any loss of items.
On how the agency remedies a situation where it breaks into a premises as alleged and did not find any exhibit, having inflicted structural damages on the property, he said the agency never knew that the premises belonged to the former first lady, adding that a letter was written by a solicitor on behalf of a man who claimed to be the owner of the premises.
The man who said NDLEA can by law raid premises using identity cards as warrant, also added that even the letter did not suggest illegality of the raid, but rather enquired if the search was a lawful exercise.
The Nkem Abonta-led committee consequently directed the NDLEA to rrovide the identity of the said source before the next adjourned date.
Earlier, the legal team from Granville Abibo (SAN) & Co led by Sammie Somiari who petitioned the House on behalf of Mrs Jonathan, told the committee that the team would adopt the initial petition as their brief in the matter, adding that additional documents were available to substantiate whatever they have raised in the petition.
He said the respondents which include the aforementioned agencies have engaged in un-wanton attacks on the person of dame patience Jonathan the immediate past first lady.
Somairi cited various media reports as pointers to the allegation of attacks on their client. “The EFCC has serially orchestrated a design to freeze the personal accounts of Mrs Jonathan, her siblings and other relations and associates”
According to him, a case in point is one Aridolf Jo Resort Wellness and Spa Ltd off Okota Estate and Finchley Top Homes Limited which were all shut down without any justifiable reason by the EFCC with their accounts frozen.
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