Former president Goodluck Jonathan has denied allegations he received kickbacks in the $1.3bn OPL 245 oil block deal involving oil giants ENI and Royal Dutch Shell.
In a statement yesterday by his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president said all the documents relating to the transactions, issues and decisions of the Federal Government on the Malabu issue during his administration are in the office of the Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice.
“We wish to make it clear that former President Jonathan was not accused, indicted or charged for corruptly collecting any monies as kickbacks or bribes from ENI by the Italian authorities or any other law enforcement body the world over,” Eze said.
While admitting that Jonathan met with executives of all the oil majors operating in the country in his capacity as the president of the country between 2010 and 2015, Eze said the meetings were conducted officially, and in the presence of relevant Nigerian Government officials and were done in the best interest of the country.
He added that the meetings were held to urge these executives to support the growth of the Nigerian oil industry by ramping up their investments and to comply with the Local Content Act that Jonathan promoted and signed into law.
Jonathan also debunked the report that one Abubakar Aliyu served as his agent to withdraw $54 million out of $801.5 million allegedly transferred to Malabu’s accounts.
“We make bold to point out that the former President never sent any Abubakar Aliyu, as the innuendoes in the false report suggest, to ENI, the IOCs or any indigenous operator to seek favour or collect any gratification on his behalf. We will like to point out for the umpteenth time that whether in office or out of office, former President Jonathan does not own any bank account, aircraft or real estate outside Nigeria. Anyone with contrary information is challenged to publicly publish same.”
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