Barely two months after the exit of her husband from office, former First Lady and wife of immediate past president, Dame Patience Jonathan has allegedly suffered ignominy and molestation at the hands of security operatives and aviation officials at the Port Harcourt International airport.
Dame Jonathan, who was on her way to the burial of her late Chief Security Officer (CSO), Tamuno Jacob Igbomie, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, was on Wednesday prevented from entering the VIP Lounge of the airport, a privilege she had enjoyed in the last 16 years.
The former First Lady arrived Port Harcourt International Airport and made for the VIP lounge as had been the norm and should still be accorded her given her status in the society. However, she was practically locked out and prevented from accessing the lounge.
An eye witness, who narrated the incident, said that efforts by the former president’s wife and her personal aides to pacify the security agents at the airport to allow the long known protocol etiquette stand were rebuffed as they stood their ground, insisting that they were acting on orders from Abuja.
Allegedly on her return from the burial, the same drama played out, prompting observers to ask if the presidency could give such a directive against the personality and family of the immediate past president.
The deceased ,former CSO to Patience Jonathan was allegedly shot dead by unknown assailants about three weeks ago.
Igbomie’s corpse was found in his Honda Accord car along Airport Road, Abuja with all his phones, wallet and other personal effects in the car untouched.
Dakky's 2 cents
Personally I do understand that the Jonathan era was plagued by high levels of corruption and dis regard for the rule of law ,but then let them not be treated like personal scape goats after a military coup or something.
Since their exit from power they have been rumors of alleged maltreatment of the former president's personal friends and associates , with close aides being assassinated left and right and now humiliating them from enjoying certain privileges that is even available to ordinary civilians.
Why would the Federal Government be concerned with who is enjoying VIP privileges in our airports , how does that concern anyone?
Even George W Bush and all his gaffes as President of America is still to this day treated with respect by the Obama administration, if we are going to investigate the former president lets do that officially and let them pay for their crimes if they are convicted but until then they should not be treated like escaped convicts from the national zoo , childish ways of embarrassing them in public makes it look personal. It’s just wrong.