By Amechi Idumuebor, For Agenda Watchdog, April 29, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s former President (2010 to 2015), has reacted to news of purported moves by the Nigerian Government to investigate bank records in the United States belonging to him and his wife, patience.
Reacting via a statement released by Ikechukwu Eze, his spokesman, the former president denied having any bank accounts or property in the United States, stressing that he was loyal to “Nigeria’s economy”. He wondered why a subpoena would be issued for what did not exist, saying he had no such accounts as were being supposedly investigated.
The purported attempts to investigate the former president’s accounts might not be unconnected with efforts by the Nigerian government to overturn the controversial $9.6 billion P&ID arbitration award, related to a phony business deal (involving the state and Process & Industrial Developments Ltd) that supposedly took place during President Jonathan’s tenure.
A Bloomberg report on Tuesday disclosed that the Nigerian government was seeking documents from 10 banks, including Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co, hence it had requested permission from a New York federal court to subpoena information on former President Jonathan’s financial transactions.