Patricia Etteh: Family faults ex-Speaker’s arrest, blames EFCC
The Ette household has faulted the arrest of ex-Speaker Patricia Ette.
Patricia Etteh, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in response to her household.
In a press release signed by its consultant, Femi Alabi, titled ‘Mrs Patricia Etteh’s detention: Putting the document straight,’ the household additionally blamed the EFCC for the ex-arrest. lawmaker’s
Ejes Gist Newspaper stories that EFCC arrests ex-Speaker Patricia Etteh over N240m NDDC contract
According to stories, the previous speaker obtained N130 million from Phil Jin Project Limited, an organization that was awarded a N240 million contract by the NDDC in 2011.
Patricia Etteh’ Family assertion reads;
“We, the family of Mrs Patricia Etteh, strongly condemn the illegal detention of our matriarch by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday,” the assertion learn.
“We wish to put it on document that the previous Speaker of the House of Representatives went to the Commission’s workplace to honour an invite she obtained by way of SMS to make clear the contract subject involving Philjin Projects Ltd.
“To clear the air, Mrs Ibiene Wille-Harry, the Chief Executive Officer of Philjin Projects Ltd, an organization underneath investigation, is, so far as we all know, a longtime good friend of Mrs Etteh.
“Their friendship is so strong that Mrs Etteh’s daughter stayed at Mrs Wille-house Harry’s until she graduated from university.”
“As a result of this closeness, Mrs Patricia Etteh offered fixed monetary help within the type of comfortable loans to Mrs Wille-Harry, permitting the latter to finish a number of initiatives.
“It is crystal clear that the basis of every transaction between Mrs Etteh and Mrs Wille-Harry during the EFCC’s timeframe was evidence of loan repayment.”
“Obviously, Mrs Patricia Etteh reserves the right, under her inalienable right, to instruct her debtor to make payment in any manner she deems desirable in light of her financial circumstances at the time, thus the directive to make payment into her personal and company accounts.”
In the occasion of any predetermined notion of fraud, there wouldn’t have been a directive to make fee into her private account.
“Secondly, Mrs Patricia Etteh had nothing to do with any business transaction with Mrs Wille-Harry other than generous assistance on the basis of friendship, according to all indications.”
“However, the EFCC’s hasty assumption and infringement of her fundamental rights in labelling the said mutual transaction a ‘fraud’ is nothing more than a fallacy of hasty assumption.”
“To that end, we want to state unequivocally that this development has deeply disturbed and concerned us as a family because we are people of illustrious ancestry with an important family name to safeguard.”
“We can state categorically that Mrs Patricia Etteh has no involvement with any contract, as the commission has established that she is neither a director of the company nor a contractor.”
“Patricia Etteh is content and would never get involved in any shady deals, as per our family’s guiding philosophy.” She by no means solicited a contract whereas in workplace as an elected official.
“The purity of her personality had previously been established by appropriate authorities after she was wrongfully accused as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and her innocence was later declared without blemish.”
“We therefore strongly urge the Commission to focus its attention on the investigation of Philjin Projects Ltd, in order to determine the veracity of Mrs Etteh’s part as explained therein, as we demand her immediate and unconditional release based on her innocence and fundamental human rights.”
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