In the midst of a brewing dispute over the payment of $11,489,069.03 into the domiciliary accounts of Former First Lady Patience Jonathan, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the ex-First Lady to come before a court by entering into a plea bargain in line with the laws of the land.
The agency said it would only accept a plea bargain in which the court is carried along.
According to The Nation, EFCC detectives 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”.
Despite plea from Dame Patience, the EFCC is srongly against an out-of-court settlement, as this would suggest that both parties are in a form of dispute.
The Nation says a source who spoke 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 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,” he said.