Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has petitioned the house of representatives over ” incessant harassment” by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In the petition presented to the house on Wednesday by Lovette Idisi, a legislator from Delta state, the former first lady cited section 36 of the 1999 constitution as amended in saying that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“This petition is in line with section 36 where every citizen is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” the legislator said.
“Mr. Speaker, here is a petition on the constant harassment of the former first lady. It was sent to my office. With the leave of the house, I seek your permission to lay the petition before the house.”
After the petition was laid by Idisi, Yakubu Dogara, the speaker, referred it to the committee of public petitions.
In September, the former first lady claimed ownership of $31.4 million seized by the EFCC.
She later asked a federal high court in Lagos to make a declaration that the funds belonged to her.