Coming after EFCC uncovered more startling information on how former First Lady, Patience Jonathan piled up dollar deposits in Skye and First banks and lavished part of the money at highbrow stores in various capitals of the world, Mrs Patience Jonathan who appeared to be tired of fighting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in court, has asked for out-of-court settlement.
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.
“As senior counsel, representing Dame (Mrs.) Patience Jonathan (former First Lady) and companies linked to her and some family members, associates, companies and NGOs, we have thought it fit to engage your commission in a discussion over all issues involving her and the commission with a view to having amicable resolution of all cases as stated above.
“This will enable both sides create an atmosphere for mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. We will therefore appreciate it, if you can give us an appointment at your earliest convenience to have a discussion over all matters involving her and members of her family.
“We believe that an amicable settlement will be in the best interest of both your commission and our client.
“We assure you of our utmost commitment and sincerity of purpose in this connection, and we solicit your cooperation in this regard. Please, accept the assurances of our warm regards” the letter read.
An EFCC source told The Nation that the agency is considering the Former First Lady’s offer if settlement.
“We have received a letter from the ex-First Lady, we are studying it on whether or not to accept the out-of-court settlement or allow justice to take its course.”
Apart from the cash, the ex-First Lady is linked to 12 choice properties and a plot of land on which a building is being built. The investigative team had recommended that Section 7 of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004 be invoked on the properties after due verification.
The assets linked to Mrs. Jonathan in Port Harcourt are: Former Customs Service officers mess; two duplexes at 2/3 Bauchi Street; landed property with blocks at Ambowei Street; 3 Luxury apartments of 4-bedroom each at Ambowei Street; and Grand View Hotel along airport road.