- The EFCC has rejected Patience Jonathan’s out of court settlement offer
- Mrs Jonathan is being tried for alleged money laundering
- The ant-graft agency advised her approach a court and enter into a plea bargain in line with the laws of the country
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has rejected former first lady Patience Jonathan’s offer to settle out of court the brewing dispute over the strange payment of $11,489,069.03 into her domiciliary accounts.
The anti-graft agency asked the ex-first lady to, instead, come before a court by entering into a plea bargain in line with the laws of the land, saying that it would only accept a plea bargain in which the court is carried along, the Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the EFCC detectives said they have not been able to trace about 29 of the 31 individuals and companies which made the controversial deposits.
The development has fuelled speculations that some of the depositors are “fictitious”.
Some of the shops where the Mrs Jonathan visited are said to have offered to give details of how much was spent and the items bought.
The EFCC believes that an out-of-court settlement suggests that there is a dispute between two parties.
An EFCC source, who spoke to the Nation Newspaper in confidence, said: “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 agency would soon make its position known to Mrs Jonathan counsel who will guide her on the appropriate legal action to take.
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“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,” he said.
Legit.ng previously reported that Mrs Jonathan, in a January 30, 2018 letter, titled: “Proposal for out-of-court settlement of all cases related to Dame (Mrs.) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan,” told the EFCC of her intention to settle her case with the anti-graft agency out of court.
It was reported that her letter came as EFCC stumbled on more startling information on how she piled up dollar deposits in Skye and First banks, including how she lavished part of the money.
She allegedly blew thousands of dollars at highbrow stores in various capitals of the world.
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