- Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was suspected of being involved in one of the biggest oil scandal ever, the Malabu oil sandal
- He was accused of taking up to $200 million bribe during the business deal
- He has since denied this accusation, saying people are out to ruin his name
- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), however disagree with him and urged the House of Representatives to investigate him
The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) has thrown its support behind the House of Representatives and urged the house to investigate Goodluck Jonathan.
Recall that NAIJ.com earlier reported that the lawmakers proposed to invite the ex-president to help with their investigation into his involvement in the oil scandal.
An investigation by the BBC revealed that former president, Goodluck Jonathan received $200 and that the oil field which was given out at $1.3 billion was actually worth $500 billion.
Goodluck Jonathan has since denied the allegation that he was a corrupt president and collected $200 million bribe to sign the $1.3 billion oil deal, Daily Post reports.
MEND, in an online statement issued by its Spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, insisted that ex-President Jonathan received $200 million as bribe from the oil deal.
The group said Jonathan must be summon by the House and investigated for his involvement in the oil scandal.
Gbomo, in the statement, said: “We are compelled by natural justice, equity and good conscience to lend our voice to the most ignoble and despicable role played by the former president in the messy affair which has tainted the image of Nigeria, both locally and internationally.
“Like millions of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora, who have keenly followed the OPL 245 saga, we have reasonable grounds to suspect that former President Jonathan may have indeed compromised his high office with regard to the matter, more especially, given the fact that key officials of his administration, including the then Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, have been indicted and charged before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
“We are in full support of moves by the House of Representatives to summon the former President to appear before the House to give answers to the myriad of questions concerning his role in OPL 245 saga.
“Where he (Jonathan) refuses to honour the invitation, we urge the House to invoke its inherent powers to compel his appearance.”
Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) raided the house of former attorney-general of the federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke as part of investigation into the $1.3 billion Malabu oil scam.
The scam involved the payment made to Malabu Oil and Gas for the procurement of one of Nigeria’s richest oil fields, OPL 245 by Shell and Eni, which was then reportedly used to bribe Nigerian politicians and intermediaries who helped to secure the controversial deal.
The EFCC as part of the investigation into the deal raided Adoke’s house in Kano on Wednesday, April 12. In a statement by the former attorney-general, the EFCC broke down his doors without a warrant but said nothing incriminating was found.