PRESIDENCY officials have denied claims by critics that the allowances due former president Dr Goodluck Jonathan have been stopped and his bank accounts have been frozen by the current government.
Over recent weeks, it has been rumoured that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is looking to freeze Dr Jonathan’s accounts as it investigates him. Several of Dr Jonathan’s associates have been arrested over corruption and his wife’s account at Skye Bank has already been frozen.
However, President Buhari’s spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu has debunked the claims that the allowances due to Dr Jonathan have been stopped and his accounts frozen. Mallam Shehu, who described the claims as patently untrue, said the allowances of the former president and other past leaders have been paid up to the second quarter of this year.
Mallam Shehu added: “The allegation by demonstrators in Bayelsa State on Thursday that allowances due to a former president have been stopped and his bank accounts were frozen is patently untrue. We have confirmed with the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) that the former president and the other past leaders were paid their allowances up to the second quarter.
“Past leaders have not been paid third quarter allowances but will get their dues when remittances are received by the SGF from the ministry of finance. Also, the story of account closure is false as it is not known to the investigation agencies, so with all of these agencies not being involved, how then could a thing like that happen?”
He also refuted the claims as premeditated attempts to pile the blames on the president who is unaware of the issue. Mallam Shehu said it is a premeditated attempt to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for something he knows nothing about.