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Former First Lady asks EFCC: Let's Settle

Former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan gives off an impression of being worn out on battling the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in court and has requested out-of-court settlement. EFCC supervisor Magu and Patience Jonathan In a January 30, 2018 letter, titled "Proposition for out-of-Court Settlement of all cases identified with Dame (Mrs.) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan," she advised the EFCC of her aim to settle the issue. The letter, which was composed by her insight, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), is being considered by the EFCC. 

The letter stated: "As senior advice, speaking to Dame (Mrs.) Patience Jonathan (previous First Lady) and organizations connected to her and some relatives, partners, organizations and NGOs, we have thought it fit to draw in your bonus in a dialog over all issues including her and the bonus with a view to having friendly determination of all cases as expressed previously. 

"This will empower the two sides make an air for common understanding and tranquil concurrence. We will accordingly welcome it, in the event that you can give us an arrangement at your soonest comfort to have a dialog over all issues including her and individuals from her family. "We trust that a genial settlement will be to the greatest advantage of both your bonus and our customer. 

"We guarantee you of our most extreme duty and genuineness of reason in this association, and we request your participation in such manner. If you don't mind acknowledge the confirmations of our warm respects." Her letter came as EFCC unearthed all the more startling data on how she heaped up dollar stores in Skye and First banks, including how she showered some portion of the cash. 

As per TheNation, she blew a large number of dollars at highbrow stores in different capitals of the world. The money originated from $11,849,069.03, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said 31 people and organizations paid into her two domiciliary records. The records, which are Skye Bank (2110001712) and First Bank (2022648664) had "faulty stores" in the vicinity of 2013 and 2017. The Skye Bank account had about $7,452,319.32 held up in it. Investigators discovered $4,036,750.00 in the second record with First Bank. 

The ex-First Lady supposedly spent the money at TFS stores, Selfridges, John Lewis, Kingsgate, Sainsbury's, Harrods, Marks and Spencer, Dolce and Gabbana, and Gina. She went on a shopping binge in costly outlets in the United States, Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, UAE, Italy and China. The most elevated shopping was at Goyard Beijing in Beijing CN on January 28, 2014 where Mrs. Jonathan spent $28,388.72. 

Around the same time at Hulian Xinguang Beijing CN, she blew $13, 069.68 on some extravagance things. 

An EFCC source disclosed to The Nation that it iDVD considering the Former First Lady's offer if settlement. "We have gotten a letter from the ex-First Lady, we are contemplating it on regardless of whether to acknowledge the out-of-court settlement or enable equity to follow all the way through."

 Apart from the money, the ex-First Lady is connected to 12 decision properties and a plot of arrive on which a building is being fabricated. The investigative group had prescribed that Section 7 of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004 be conjured on the properties after due confirmation. 

The advantages connected to Mrs. Jonathan in Port Harcourt are: Former Customs Service officers mess; two duplexes at 2/3 Bauchi Street; landed property with hinders at Ambowei Street; 3 Luxury flats of 4-room each at Ambowei Street; and Grand View Hotel along air terminal street. 

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 lodging 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.