Nigeria: Anti-Graft Agency Rejects Ex-First Lady's 'Witch-Hunt' Accusation

Tarikh kemaskini: 06/10/2017

ABUJA, Oct 6 (BERNAMA-NNN-AGENCIES) -- Nigeria's financial crimes agency has brushed off allegations by the wife of the country's former president that it had conducted a 'witch-hunt' against her.

Patience Jonathan, whose husband Goodluck Jonathan was president from 2010 to 2015, accused the head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of an 'orchestrated plan' to tarnish her reputation and that of her husband.

President Muhammadu Buhari took office in 2015 after defeating Jonathan in elections during which he vowed to crack down on corruption. Buhari said state coffers were virtually empty when he assumed the presidency.

Last year, the EFCC froze four US dollar bank accounts that the ex-president's wife said she owned. Her spokesman said in September 2016 that the accounts in total contained around $10 million - a third of the sum reported in the Nigerian press.

A legal case is continuing over the funds but she does not face criminal charges.....