Former President Goodluck Jonathan has suggested that mischief makers must be behind tales that he allegedly received a bribe in the $1.3billion Malabu oil deal.
This was as the former President claimed on Tuesday that no International Oil Companies (IOCs), or law enforcement body anywhere in the world, had indicted or charged him for collecting any bribe.
He made this known in a statement through his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze in Abuja, adding that the transactions for the $1.3bn oil deal which took place between oil giants ENI and Royal Dutch Shell existed before his coming into power as Nigeria’s President on May 6, 2010.
The statement read in part, “We wish to make it clear that former President Jonathan was not accused, indicted or charged for corruptly collecting any money as kickbacks or bribes from ENI by the Italian authorities or any other law enforcement body the world over.
“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.”
Jonathan was reacting to a news report accusing him of sending the Chairman of AA Oil, Abubakar Aliyu, to collect bribe in the $1.3bn Malabu oil deal.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had not long ago, filed a seven-count charge against immediate past Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN), Dan Etete, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Aliyu Abubakar, a businessman and six others over their alleged corruption role in the Malabu oil deal.
The Malabu oil scam refers to the billions of dollars which Shell and ENI paid into a Federal Government account, for OPL 245, believed to be the richest oil block in Africa.
However, EFCC suspects some wrongdoings in the transaction and investigation on the oil deal has been on and off for over four years.
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