Former President Jonathan has insisted that he knows nothing about the Malabu deal bribery accusation.
Recent report alleges that GEJ accepted a $1.3 billion bribe for Oil Prospecting Licence OPL 245 oil block deal involving Italian oil company, ENI and Royal Dutch Shell of the Netherlands.
It says that the former president and other government officials including the former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, were beneficiaries of the $466 million bribe.
The report also mentioned that a supposed GEJ agent, by the name, Abubakar Aliyu, withdrew another $54 million.
Represented by his media advisers, GEJ made a statement countering the accusation.
“Our attention has been drawn to news reports published mostly by online media, which suggested, through innuendo, rather than factual evidence, that former President Goodluck Jonathan received kickbacks in the $1.3bn OPL 245 oil block deal involving oil giants ENI and Royal Dutch Shell.”
“With regards to the publication, we wish to make it clear that former President Jonathan was not accused, indicted or charged for corruptly collecting any monies as kickbacks or bribes from ENI by the Italian authorities or any other law enforcement body the world over.”
The statement cited that the date of the oil business deal pre-dated the presidency of the former presidency. The deal started on May 6, 2010 and ended on May 29, 2015.
GEJ did not deny meeting with oil executives who operated in the country. He says his dealings were done officially and in the “best interest” of the country; thus all there is to know about the oil dealings in his administration was well documented and filed in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation & Minister of Justice.
“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 favor or collect any gratification on his behalf.”
Going further on, the statement exonerated GEJ of being in possession of bank account and properties outside Nigeria.
“We will like to point out for the umpteenth time that whether in office or out of office, former President Jonathan does not own any bank account, aircraft or real estate outside Nigeria. Anyone with contrary information is challenged to publicly publish same.”
Recalling that the former president signed the Freedom of Information Act into law, the statement urged the media to patronize “investigative journalism rather than rely on hearsay”.