The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions on Tuesday ordered banks to unfreeze accounts belonging to former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan.
The Reps pointed out that the freezing was done without no specific restriction orders from any competent court of law.
The matter came up at the resumed investigative hearing by the committee on the petition by Jonathan’s wife, over alleged harassment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other government agencies.
A representative of Granville Abibo (SAN) & Co law firm, Mr Ayodeji Adedipe, counsels to former first lady, told the committee that the banks, including Ecobank, Union Bank, First Bank, Diamond and Fidelity Bank froze accounts belonging to Mrs Jonathan, her NGO and even some belonging to her relatives, based on just letters from EFCC and not court orders as should be the case.
Mrs Jonathan’s personal salary account with Ecobank was also frozen, he told the committee.
The Chairman of the committee, Hon Uzoma Nkem-Abonta ordering the unfreezing of the accounts said, “we are not siding anybody, but the committee hereby direct all the banks concerned to defreeze all the accounts that have no specific restraining order from any court, or the EFCC.”