There are reports that three of the high profile suspects on trial for corruption are seeking for a plea bargain with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which will see them refunding stolen monies to escape jail.
Those asking for the bargain are Olisa Metuh, a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman; and two former air chiefs, Air Marshal Adeshola Amosu and Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar.
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.
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.
Amosu was arraigned at 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.
According to an EFCC source, wjo spoke with The Nation newspaper, “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”.