Militant group vows to blow up NNPC, if Patience Jonathan is arrested

*Patience Jonathan.

*Patience Jonathan.

Oscarline Onwuemenyi

23 September 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Niger Delta Peoples Professional Volunteer Force (NDPPVF), a group which said its members are workers in the oil and gas industry, has threatened to bomb the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Abuja, if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrests former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.

In a statement by the spokesman of NDPPVF, Parkinson George-Amabo, the group warned the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, that investigating Mrs. Jonathan could result in”bad blood, embarrassment and possible unrest in the Niger Delta.”

The group said it is not in support of corruption, but against the manner in which the agency is investigating Mrs. Jonathan, who, according to them, has had an “impressive and fortuitous pedigree.”

“As a matter of fact, the EFCC has launched a criminal investigation of Mrs. Jonathan and in the process, frozen her bank accounts domiciled with a Nigerian commercial bank without affording her opportunity to state her own side of the matter,” the statement read.

It added that “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, the 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 of any wrongdoing.”

The group also accused the anti-graft agency of witch-hunting the former first lady, adding that the EFCC should lift the ‘No Debit Order’ imposed on her Skye Bank accounts.

The accounts contain more than $15 million, but Jonathan’s wife has since explained that the money was meant for her medical bills.

Last week, the EFCC filed money laundering charges against Waripamowei Dudafa, Jonathan’s special adviser on domestic affairs, whom the former first lady directed to open the accounts Dudafa, Amajuoyi Briggs, a lawyer; and Damola Bolodeoku, a Skye Bank official.

On Tuesday, the EFCC Chairman disclosed to journalists that the former first lady was under investigation for corruption.

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