Some of Patience Jonathan’s accounts were frozen based on some administrative lapse says senate committee
On Wednesday, the former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan got a reprieve as the Senate Committee investigating the petitions against the freezing of her accounts instructed they should unfreeze it.
After subjecting the management of four different banks by the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and public Petition, directed that those account not burdened by any legal process be-opened.
The Committee, headed by Sen. Sam Anyanwu, observed that some of the accounts were frozen based on some administrative lapses. According to the Committee, one of the accounts with the Stanbic IBTC Bank, had not breached any known law.
The Committee also directed that the account with Zenith Bank must be re-opened because the court order had been vacated.
The committee members were greatly displeased with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on how they used the banks to close the accounts without following due process of the law.
As a result, they promised to re-open those accounts having been made to known of the vacation order.
The committee expressed great shock that the banks could rely on ordinary letter by the EFCC anticipating a favourable ruling to free Customers’ accounts.