The Nigerian government seem to start another digging into the controversial Process & Industrial Developments (P&ID) Ltd gas deal. This has dragged Nigerian formal president Jonathan and wife along, the formal president who have come out to state his corporation with the investigation and believe not to have any foreign accounts.
The government has asked for the bank account statements of some former public office holders from 10 foreign and local banks to this effect, banks include Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and New York branches of Deutsche Bank AG and United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc.
Those affected according to the subpoenas are former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience; former ministers of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke and Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, who died on July 21, 2014, all documents concerning any transactions of Jonathan and wife from 2009 till date where requested according to Abubakar Malami (SAN), Nigerian attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, he further said this was to aid the EFCC in their investigation into the issue.
Jonathan in Abuja last night had issued a statement to this effect, he said the search for a foreign bank account in his name is an exercise in futility.
According to Ikechukwu Eze, the former president spokesman, Jonathan’s commitment to the Nigeria project is total. The spokesman said that the former president has no foreign account anywhere in the world.
According to Eze ‘’we assert 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.
‘’We also remind the public that on March 5, 2014 during the swearing in of new 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 time and now, nothing has changed with regards to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. He has no accounts in the United States of America, and encourages US authorities to cooperate fully with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s subpoena.
‘’We would also like to state that during 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 the paramount duty of her government, because it is not possible to belittle Nigerians without belittling Nigeria.
‘’Finally, we state that the signing of the P&ID contracts preceded the Jonathan administration and that that government gave appropriate counsel to the incoming government in the handover notes of 2015, which advice, if carried out, would have prevented the current unfortunate circumstances,’’ he said.