The South South Zonal head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ishaq Salisu, on Friday told a group of protesters under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Rights Organisations, Concerned Youths and the Ijaw Nation Worldwide, who thronged the Port Harcourt, Rivers State Zonal Office of the Commission that the EFCC is a law abiding agency, which discharges it duties without fear or favour.
The protesters stormed the EFCC office alleging the ill treatment of Nigeria’s former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, who is laying claim to $15 million in an account frozen by the Agency.
Salisu told the protesters that the EFCC as a creation of the law discharges its responsibilities within the ambits of the law.
He said: “EFCC is a law abiding organization, 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 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.’”
Salilu commended the protesters for the peaceful manner they conducted themselves and assured them that their letter will get to the appropriate authorities.
The protesters, carrying placards with various inscriptions such as: “Patience is Innocent”, “How Many First Ladies have Been Tried in Nigeria”, “Mrs Patience Jonathan Deserves Respect, Stop Embarrassing Her”, “EFCC Stop Victimizing Niger Delta People”, and “EFCC how many corrupt Nigerians have been prosecuted and jailed”, were led by Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo, a self-acclaimed ambassador.
Sukubo said they were in the Commission to express their unhappiness and submit their letter of protest over what he called ill-treatment of the former First Lady.
He said: “We, as coalition of Niger Delta Civil Rights Organisatioin, Concerned youths and Ijaw Nation World Wide, hereby, demand that the EFCC should stay off Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan, as there is no established legal or political precedent for what EFCC is currently doing to Mrs Patience Jonathan.”
Dame Jonathan recently instituted an action against the EFCC claiming that the money placed on “Post-No-Debit category” in the accounts of four companies currently being prosecuted on money laundering charge by the Commission, belong to her.