Wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience, yesterday expressed shock and sadness at the refusal by some security agents to allow her access to the VIP Lounge at the Port Harcourt International Airport on the purported directive from Abuja.
Mrs. Jonathan, who said she received the same treatment twice at the airport in the last seven days, vowed to formally protest the conduct of the security personnel to the relevant authorities.
She said she found it hard to believe that such instruction would come from the Presidency as they made her to believe.
A witness and family friend of the ex-first lady, who craved anonymity, said Mrs. Jonathan was on her way to the burial of her late Chief Security Officer (CSO), Tamuno Jacob Igbomie, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, who was allegedly shot dead by unknown assailants.
Igbomie’s corpse was found in his Honda Accord car along Airport Road, Abuja with all his phones, wallet and other personal effects intact in the car.
The source added: “Last Friday (July 17), the former first lady arrived at Port Harcourt International Airport and made for the VIP Lounge as had been the practice, thinking she would still be given her due recognition. But she made a very big mistake as she was locked out and prevented from accessing the place.
“All efforts by the former president’s wife and the few people by her to pacify the security agents were rebuffed as they stood their ground, swearing that they were acting on the orders from Abuja.”
The source added that similar snub occurred to the former first lady while coming back from the burial.