Many would think that the rivalry or animosity between the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government and former leaser, Goodluck Jonathan was over particular since the Bayless state born politician has since left office.
Jonathan left office in 2015 after losing the presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari.
But it has now been revealed that in fact, the federal government has been investigating activities of the elder statesman for months now.
A recent report by Bloomberg revealed that the Federal Government asked a court in New York, the United States, to compel 10 foreign banks to release
account details of Goodluck Jonathan, his wife, Patience, and a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison -Madueke.
The report listed some of the backs in which the federal government is seeking details to include Citigroup, JPMorgan, the New York branches of Deutsche Bank AG and United Bank for Africa Plc.
According to Bloomberg,s investigation, it says the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, demanded the bank documents in a bid to overturn the P & ID $9bn judgment.
Recall that on August 16th 2018, the London Commercial Court ruled that P & ID the go-ahead to enforce the London arbitration panel’s award of the sum of $ 9.6 bn.
Although the report says that no obvious evidence linking Jonathan, wife, Patience and Alison – Madueke to the payments from P & ID or its affiliates, Malami however, believed that investigation into their account details was still necessary.
I don’t have account or property abroad, says Jonathan
Ex-President Jonathan reacted to the report that the federal government requested for his bank accounts in its latest investigation.
Others included are his wife, Patience Jonathan; former Ministers of Petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke and Rilwanu Lukman.
The attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami reportedly requested for the records ito aid the ongoing investigation by the economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In a statement signed by Jonathan’s spokesman Ikechukwu Eze on Tuesday, Jonathan denied having properties and bank accounts abroad, reiterating his statement in 2014.
He 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.”
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.”
According to the spokesman, though Jonathan’s administration signed the P&ID contract, 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”.