Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has given a seven days ultimatum to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to file criminal charges against Mrs Patience Jonathan over the alleged $15 million frozen funds within seven days or it would drag him to court to compel him to do so.
SERAP in a press statement signed by its executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni states that the $15m found in the four accounts belonging to Mrs Jonathan raises serious suspicion or at the very least a prima-facie case of unexplained wealth/illicit enrichment.
It, therefore, asked Malami to “use his good offices as a defender of public interest, and exercise his powers under Section 174(1) of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), to urgently institute and undertake criminal proceedings against the former first lady over $15m unexplained wealth frozen in four companies’ accounts.”
SERAP also urged Attorney General, in the letter dated 13 September 2016, to “take this step within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, failing which SERAP will institute legal proceedings to compel the discharge of constitutional duty in this matter.”
“Mrs Jonathan is a politically exposed person under anticorruption standards. She is also covered under the definition of ‘public officials’ contained in the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party.’