BY LEVI JOHNSON
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied having a foreign account or acquired any property oversea.
This was the reply Jonathan gave to the Federal Government representation when it requested for his bank statement.
Other past public officers whose bank accounts were required comprises Patience Jonathan, former ministers of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke and Rilwanu Lukman.
It was gathered that Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation made the request on behalf of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to help in the ongoing investigation on individuals involved in the Process & Industrial Developments Ltd gas deal.
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Jonathan’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze in a statement 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 heard 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.”
Eze referenced a comment made by Jonathan during the swearing-in of new ministers on March 5, 2014, when the former president said he had no 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 the image is the paramount duty of her government because it is not possible to belittle Nigerians without belittling Nigeria.”
Eze said the P&ID contract was signed before the Jonathan administration and that he “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”.
Nigeria hopes to overturn a $9.7 billion judgement awarded against it for breach of agreement in a botched gas project.