Traditional rulers from Okrika community, hometown of wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Okrika local government area of Rivers State, have expressed worries with alleged harassment of the first family by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Addressing a press briefing in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital today, Chief Sunday Kalaowolo who was with 15 other chiefs wondered why the EFCC would subject the former first family to all forms of harassment and intimidation, when it was not under any form of criminal investigation. The chiefs said no former first family had been so harassed and ridiculed, stressing that the anti graft agency should respect the laws of the land in its relationship with the former first family. They said, : “It is a matter of great concern to us that whereas every former first family of Nigeria has not been disrespected, harassed and ridiculed , that has not been the lot of His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his darling wife, Her Excellency, Dr Mrs Patience Ibifaka Jonathan. Having conceded that the Jonathans are not even under any criminal investigation, there is absolutely no justification for their constant harassment by our law enforcement agencies, more so outside the ambits of due process and the rule of law As law abiding traditional leaders, such unbecoming conduct of our law enforcement agencies is completely unacceptable to us,” they cautioned.