Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to report that the central has requested his account statements which of his wife, Patience, from banks within the u. s..
Nigeria is requesting “all documents concerning any transactions to, from, or for the benefit” of Jonathan and his wife between 2009 and therefore the present day.
Bloomberg had reported that the statement of accounts of Jonathan, his wife; former Ministers of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke and Rilwanu Lukman, were being demanded from 10 US banks by the central.
Court documents quote Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, as saying information contained within the document will help an ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to grasp individuals within the Process & Industrial Developments Ltd gas deal.
A statement issued behalf by Jonathan’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze said the previous President’s attention had been drawn to international media reports to the effect that the central of Nigeria hada subpoenaed bank records for him and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan within the u. s. of America.
“We aver that the central of Nigeria didn’t contact Dr. Jonathan or his wife before issuing these subpoenas. If that they had, we might have advised them of the actual fact that you just cannot subpoena what doesn’t exist.
“We also remind the general public that on March 5, 2014, during the swearing in of recent ministers, then President Jonathan said “I am loyal to Nigeria’s economy. I don’t have accounts or property abroad.”
“We are confident in stating that between that point and now, nothing has changed with regards to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. He has no accounts within the u. s. of America, and encourages US authorities to cooperate fully with the central of Nigeria’s subpoena,” the statement said.
According to the statement, “we would also wish to state that in his tenure as President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan extended every courtesy to former Presidents and Heads of state, because he believed and still believes that promoting, projecting and protecting Nigeria’s sovereignty and image is that the paramount duty of her government, because it’s impracticable to belittle Nigerians without belittling Nigeria.
“Finally, we state that the signing of the P&ID contracts preceded the Jonathan administration, which that government gave appropriate counsel to the incoming government within the handover notes of 2015, which advice, if administered, would have prevented the present unfortunate circumstances.”