Three high profile accused persons on trial for alleged corruption, are eager to refund their “loot”, in order to stave off likely conviction.
The accused are willing to refund cash and give up property acquired with their illegal wealth, it was learnt yesterday.
Those that fall under this category are the erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh, ex-Chiefs of Air Staff Air Marshals Adeshola Amosu and Mohammed Dikko Umar.
The trio are being separately prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Metuh is standing trial for allegedly receiving N400 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki. The cash is believed to be part of the $2.1 billion security fund that was allegedly diverted by the ex-NSA.
Umar was arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption of about N9.7billion while Amosu was docked before a Federal High Court in Lagos alongside Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Jacob Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga, on a 26-count of stealing about N50 billion.
An inside source at the EFCC familiar with the trials of the accused persons, said: “We have formally received letters of plea bargain from three accused persons – Metuh, Umar and Amosu – we are studying their terms.
“We may enter into a plea bargain with the accused persons if it will serve the public interest. The interest is getting back the stolen funds. If they can fulfill this condition (public interest), we may accept their offers”.
But he did not specify the details of the request from the accused persons “because we are still studying them”.