The EFCC has rejected an out-of-court settlement tabled by a former governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje, and four others.
The others are a former Gombe State Government House food supplier, Alhaji Sabo Mohammed Tumu.
Former Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Aliyu Ubadone El-Nafaty.
The other are S. M. Dokoro (a businessman) and a firm, S. M. Dokoro Gombe.
The accused persons are facing an 18-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering amounting to N25billion.
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Goje and his fellow accused person proposed an out-of-court settlement to the EFCC.
A source privy to the negotiations said: “Goje and others only opted for an out-of-court settlement instead of a plea bargain.
“They insisted that they have no case to answer because they allegedly committed no wrong.
“They vowed never to go into any plea bargain.
“They offered to pay back only N40million to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
“The money is the accruable tax unpaid by the food supplier, who is standing trial.
“Later, Goje’s team reduced the amount payable to a ridiculous rate of N20million.”
Needless to say: The EFCC rejected all the terms.
An EFCC source said, “All the conditions are ridiculous.
“This is a case in which a former Clerk of Gombe State House of Assembly, Shehu Mohammed Atiku, implicated Goje.
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Atiku told a Federal High Court that Goje forged the Resolution of the House and collected N5bn facility from Access Bank.
“We already have a heap of evidence before the court to strengthen prosecution.
“We will go ahead with the trial of all the accused persons”.
“The agency will not accept a plea bargain without conviction and substantial refund of the mismanaged funds,” EFCC said.