A militant group in the Niger Delta region has vowed to blow up the Headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, if wife of the immediate past president of the country, Patience Jonathan, is arrested following the money laundering allegation leveled against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The ex-first lady had claimed the EFCC had frozen her bank account where she kept some millions of dollars.
Several individual and cooperate bodies have called for the arrest of the ex-president’s wife so she could give account of how she got the money, while she had also issued the anti-graft agency a 14-day ultimatum to unfreeze her account.
EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, had earlier confirmed that the agency is currently investigating a sum of $15,591,700, which was traced to accounts belonging to Patience.
However, the Niger Delta People’s Professional Volunteer Force, NDPPVF, yesterday threatened to blow up the headquarters of the nation’s oil firm and shut down the economy if she is arrested.
They said in a statement, “Nobody is above the law. The NDPPVF does not support or condone corruption. If Mrs. Jonathan was found to be corrupt, we shall not hesitate to call for her prosecution.”
“We, however, have a grouse with the modus operandi of Mrs. Jonathan’s investigation, given her status as the wife of a former deputy governor, former governor, former vice-president, former acting president and finally, former president. She is perhaps, the only Nigerian woman – dead or alive – with such an impressive and fortuitous pedigree; which accounts for why the EFCC needs to thread with caution.
“Recently, there have been calls on the Attorney-General of the Federation as well as the EFCC to arrest and prosecute the former First Lady for alleged money laundering.
“We shall simultaneously bomb the 4 wings of the NNPC Towers the day it is announced that Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan has been arrested.
The group added that, “before her husband emerged as vice-president in 2007, the EFCC investigated Mrs. Jonathan and cleared her of any wrongdoing.”