$15m: SERAP sues FG over failure to prosecute Patience Jonathan

A rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has sued the Federal Government for its failure to begin the criminal prosecution of former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan over the $15 million found in her accounts with Skye Bank.

In a statement on Sunday by its Executive Director, Adetokunbi Mumuni, it said the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) 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.”

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