SERAP TAKES FG TO COURT FOR REFUSING TO ARREST, PROSECUTE PATIENCE JONATHAN: WHAT HAPPENED NEXT WILL SURPRISE YOU

SERAP TAKES FG TO COURT FOR REFUSING TO ARREST, PROSECUTE PATIENCE JONATHAN: WHAT HAPPENED NEXT WILL SURPRISE YOU

SERAP TAKES FG TO COURT FOR REFUSING TO ARREST, PROSECUTE PATIENCE JONATHAN: WHAT HAPPENED NEXT WILL SURPRISE YOU

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, a rights advocacy group, has sued the Federal Government of Nigeria for its failure to arrest Patience, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, ‎over the $15m traced to some bank accounts, which she claimed belonged to her.

SERAP in a statement issued on Sunday by its Executive Director, Adetokunbi Mumuni, said its decision to sue the FG became imperative after its request for Patience’s prosecution was ignored by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

In the said suit marked, FHC/L/CS/1318/2016, SERAP is seeking an order of mandamus, compelling the AGF to immediately file a criminal charge against Patience for what the group termed illicit enrichment

It argued that the AGF was bound by Section 174 of the constitution to prosecute anyone found to have contravened any law enacted by the National Assembly.

SERAP said, “The Attorney General of the Federation has failed, neglected and or refused to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan over the $15m unexplained wealth frozen in her accounts.

“Obedience to the rule of law by all citizens, but more particularly those who publicly took oath of office to protect and preserve the constitution, is a desideratum to good governance and respect for the rule of law. In a democratic society, this is meant to be the norm; it is an apostasy for government to ignore the provisions of the law and the necessary rules made to regulate matters.

“Mrs. Jonathan is a politically-exposed person under anti-corruption standards. She is also covered under the definition of ‘public officials’ contained in the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party. Under Article 2 of the convention, public officials include Mrs. Jonathan or any other family members of former President Goodluck Jonathan who exercised official duties while he was President.”

SERAP is praying the court to declare that Malami’s refusal to file a criminal charge against Patience was in conflict with his constitutional mandate as well as the provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit at the moment.

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