Patience Jonathan pleads EFCC for out of court settlement

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Former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan has asked for an out-of-court settlement with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

Patience made the plea in her letter, titled “Proposal for out-of-court settlement of all cases related to Dame (Mrs) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan which was sent to the EFCC on January 30, 2018.

The letter, which was written by her counsel, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), is being considered by the EFCC.

The letter reads: “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 an amicable resolution of all cases as stated above”.

It added “This will enable both sides to 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”.

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.

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 the airport road.

In Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, are two marble duplexes at Otioko GRA by Isaac Boro Expressway; Glass House along Sani Abacha Expressway which is housing Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board; Akemfa Etie Plaza by AP filling Station, Melford Okilo Road; and Aridolf Resort, Wellness, and Spa on Sani Abacha Expressway.

A report says her problem begun with the cash of $11,849,069.03, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reported 31 individuals and companies paid into her two domiciliary accounts.

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