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Nigerian Ex-President Jonathan Ordered To Appear Before House Of Reps For Query

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The House of Representatives has summoned former President Goodluck Jonathan to testify in the ongoing investigations into the Malabu Oil deal. The Ad-hoc committee of the house is investigating the alleged corruption, malpractices, breach of due process in the award of Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245.The committee had noted that although it had conducted an extensive investigation into the OPL 245 saga and was drawing to a close, in the interest of thoroughness, natural justice and fair play, it was imperative that evidence should be taken from the former President.In arriving at this decision, a statement by the committee noted that it took account of the following facts:
(i) Mr Jonathan was the President at the material time the Ministers brokered the deal that lead to the allegation of $1bn diversion of funds;
(ii) Mr Jonathan’s name features in the proceedings initiated by the Public Prosecutor of Milan in Italy;
(iii) A U.K. Court Judgment in relation to an application to return part of the money being restrained, castigated the Jonathan Administration as not having acted in the best interest of Nigeria in relation to the ‘deal’;
(iv) The Attorney-General of the Federation at the material time, Mohammed Bello Adoke, has recently instituted proceedings in court wherein he pleads that all his actions were as instructed by former President Goodluck Jonathan.Photo Credit: Getty

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