The Nigeria House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitionshas directed banks to defreeze bank accounts of Patience Jonathan, the wife ofthe former President of Nigeria.
This direction was given during the resumed hearing of the House of Representatives committee on public petitions, on Tuesday following a submission by Patience Jonathan’s attorney.
The committee also directed the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to meet with the petitioner’s counsel to resolve the issues regarding one of the businesses of Patience Jonathan.
The chairman of the committee, UzomaNkem-Abonta sought to get to the heart of the matter by hearing from the petitioner, the banks, and FIRS.
One of the members of the committee, EmekaObiago, made it clear that the focus of the lawmakers is that people obey the laws of the land.
“Until EFCC proves otherwise, I’ll ask you to remove the precautionary restriction on the account. Let me tell you, whatever you’ll do, you must follow the law. A bank can’t hold a legal entity to ransom.I want to order all other banks that all the accounts that have no specific pending order from the courts, please release them,’’ the committee chairman said.
The committee therefore, directed that the banks should unfreeze all accounts that they have no pending court order on.