Reps have not directed banks to unfreeze Jonathan’s accounts – Gbajabiamila

Majority leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has said the lower chamber has not ordered banks to unblock the accounts of former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

What happened:

  • Mrs Patience had sent a petition the House of Representatives, stating that the EFCC was after her.
  • The Reps committee on public petition, directed six banks to unblock Jonathan’s accounts.
  • It also threatened to order the arrest of EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu if he refuses to aware before the committee.

“Until EFCC proves otherwise, I’ll ask you to remove the precautionary restriction on the account. Let me tell you, whatever you’ll do, you must follow the law. A bank can’t hold a legal entity to ransom,” Nkem-Abonta had said.

“I want to order all other banks that all the accounts that have no specific pending order from the courts, please release them.”

Gbajabiamila’s response:

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Gbajabiamila said the committee’s report will be debated when the house resumes next week.

“Contrary to reports the house has not made a decision [un]freezing of bank accounts. The committee report will be debated on resumption,” he tweeted.

“For those who follow @HouseNGR proceedings I have argued on the floor over the years that the @HouseNGR is not a law court and public petitions cannot be used to entertain all matters considering the doctrine of separation of powers.”

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