Patience Jonathan wants out-of-court settlement with EFCC

Dame Patience Jonathan

Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, appears to be tired of fighting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in court and has asked for an 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,” Mr. Jonathan told the EFCC of her intention to settle the matter, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Tuesday.

The letter, which was written by her counsel, Ifedayo Adedipe, 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.”

The news agency, NAN, said the letter came as EFCC stumbled on more startling information on how Mrs. Jonathan piled up dollar deposits in Skye and First banks, including how she lavished part of the money.

The former first lady has been linked by investigators to huge amount of bank deposits and several choice properties across the country.

According to NAN, 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.

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.

On Monday, a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court adjourned till February 14 to hear a motion in a suit seeking forfeiture of funds linked to the former first lady.

The EFCC had begun fresh moves to seize the funds, including $6.4 million and N7.4 billion, in 15 bank accounts linked to Mrs. Jonathan.

The suit, which was fixed for hearing on Monday, was stalled following the absence of the judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, who was said to be attending a workshop.


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  • thusspokez

    has asked for an out-of-court settlement.

    She should return all illicitly acquired wealth to the EFCC in return for not going to prison.

    • Olusola

      Aah! you want madam Ibifaka to be waiting by the roadside for Keke napep? You will not give her shi-shi?

  • Segun Dawodu

    Now, the wailers won’t comment on this, maybe this is still witch-hunt or hunt witch, this is the clearest indication that the anti corruption fight is really hitting the right notes and burning up the kleptomaniacs who looted our commonwealth particularly during the last administration of Mr stealing is not corruption who turned the cbn to an open house where anybody could steal as much as they wanted. Now the wailers will keep quiet and pretend that mama peace never said this but I urge EFCC not to listen to her desperate pleas but they should intensify their efforts in recovering every dime that this greedy woman and her husband that she’s fronting for stole from our national wealth.

    • Mizch

      We don’t forget that the chairman of EFCC is under scrutiny, and many more in the current vanguard of fighters against corruption, but they are being protected for having used stolen funds to buy presidential ticket and supported the election.

    • Otunba

      Now, the irony of these is that where is the money recovered so far and who is benefitting: Nigerians or the Nigeria economy or better still, going the pockets of those who are collecting them? If Nigeria and Nigerians remain on the same spot or conditions nosediving, of what benefit is this noise about recoveries that do not change anything on the ground? The worst thing here is that there is no attempt being made by the government to build Institutions that can change the way these lootings have been made possible, in the first instance. Wailers or no wailers, we are nowhere turning the situation around, only noise making. This is why we are being referred to as a “Shithole”.

  • Mizch

    Investigate how she dipped her hand into national coffers without being a minister, nor a senator. Help us to know how she made all the alleged monies and properties. Gifts, or from contracts?

  • Max Iwunna

    The investigation and charges against her all border on criminal offences. You don’t settle criminal matters out-of-court or else you might as well settle armed robbery and murder cases out-of-court. But here we are, great Nigeria, where public funds looters enter into so called plea bargains, under-declare the loot, pay back part of the money to government and retain the rest while also walking away free. Seems the same script is going to be played out here again. Una wedone o!