The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has rejected the offer of former First Lady, Patience Jonathan to settle out of court the case of strange payment of $11,489,069.03 into her domiciliary accounts.
The anti-graft agency prefers rather that she comes before a court and enter a plea bargain in conformity with Nigerian law.
EFCC believes that an out-of-court settlement suggests that there is a dispute between two parties, a source told The Nation.
He 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.”