The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has rejected former First lady, Patience Jonathan’soffer for an out of court settlement.
According to the agency, Patience Jonathan should appear before a court, and enter a plea bargain over the strange payment of $11,489,069.03 into her domiciliary accounts, in line with the laws of the land.
A source who spoke to The Nation also disclosed that some of the shops the ex-First Lady visited,offered to give details of how much was spent and the items bought.
“We have considered the January 30, 2018 letter by Dame (Mrs.) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan; we are of the opinion that her offer of out-of-court settlement is strange and confounding as if there is a dispute between her and the EFCC.
“We are certainly rejecting the offer from the ex-First Lady because the EFCC does not engage in such a deal.
“But we prefer the ex-First Lady approaching a court for plea bargain in line with the relevant laws if she is ready to settle all issues. The terms of the plea bargain will be open to all parties before the court.
“I think she should emulate other high profile suspects who went to the court for plea bargain. We are ready to apply the laws in the interest of justice for all. We won’t oppose plea bargain.”
The source said the EFCC would soon make its position known to Mrs Jonathan counsel. “As an officer in the Temple of Justice, we know that the respected Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) will guide the ex-First Lady accordingly,”the source said
This is coming after we reported few days ago that in a January 30, 2018 letter, titled “Proposal for out-of-Court Settlement of all cases related to Dame (Mrs.) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan“, the former First Lady proposed an out of court settlement, and according to her counsel, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), the letter is being considered by the EFCC.