Litigation Weary Patience Jonathan Wants Out of Court Settlement with EFCC

Litigation weary former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has applied for out of court settlement to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the numerous cases filed against her over her scattered assets which the anti-graft agency said were acquired with proceeds from crime of corruption.
The EFCC has been locked in battles with her in various courts to forfeit some of the properties and monies in her bank accounts to the Federal Government.
However, indication has emerged that the former First Lady in a January 30, 2018 letter, titled “Proposal for out-of-Court Settlement of all cases related to Dame (Mrs.) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan,” expressed her intention to settle the cases in a plea bargain.
The letter, which was written by her counsel, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), is being considered by the EFCC.
The letter said: “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.”
Another EFCC source said: “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.”

Author: News Editor

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