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Jonathan speaks as Buhari Government search for US “bank accounts”

PublishedBy: in NewsApril 29, 2020


Nigeria’s ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has announced that he has no account or property abroad.

He made the clarification in a statement by his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze.

Jonathan’s reaction followed moves by the Buhari administration to subpoena bank records of himself and his wife, Patience.

Eze said, “Our attention has been drawn to international media reports to the effect that the Federal Government of Nigeria has subpoenaed bank records for former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan in the United States of America

We aver that the Federal Government of Nigeria did not contact Dr. Jonathan or his wife before issuing these subpoenas. If they had, we would have advised them of the fact that you cannot subpoena what does not exist.”.

The statement reminded the public that on 5th March 2014, during the swearing in of new ministers, Jonathan had said “I am loyal to Nigeria’s economy. I don’t have accounts or property abroad.”

It also insisted that between that time and the present, nothing has changed about the former President

The Nigerian Government aside Jonathan and Patience, is also searching for bank records of Diezani Alison-Madueke and Rilwanu Lukman.

The duo were at different times, former Minister of Petroleum Resources in Africa’s biggest country.

Reports by Bloomberg had it that financial institutions that have been contacted include Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and New York branches of Deutsche Bank AG and United Bank for Africa Plc.

Nigeria wants “all documents concerning any transactions to, from, or for the benefit” of the Jonathans from 2009 till date.

Mr Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice was quoted as saying that information retrieved will assist investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to know individuals in the Process & Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) gas deal.

In court filings, Malami said that there is good reason to believe that former ministers were involved in a corrupt scheme to steal money from Nigeria.

However, P&ID says Malami’s application is “nothing but an absurdly overbroad fishing expedition”.

It insisted  that the AGF is claiming fraud and bribery to avoid paying the judgement debt that amounts to about 30% of Nigeria’s foreign reserves

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