The ad hoc committee investigating the alleged corruption, malpractices and breach of due process in the sale of Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL 245) originally held by Malabu Oil and Gas Limited to Shell’s subsidiaries in Nigeria and Nigerian Agip Oil Company for $1.3 billion, has said it was mulling thoughts of summoning former President Goodluck Jonathan under whose government the deal was approved.
The Chairman of the committee; Hon. Rasak Atunwa, said the committee was considering inviting him to give evidence, based on the proceedings in the Italian courts instituted by the Public Prosecutor of Milan in which the former president and ministers in his administration were mentioned. He further stated that the former president might be in a position to assist with its inquiries on the transaction that has led to prosecutions in Italy and Nigeria thus far.
New findings from the ongoing probe by Italian prosecutors had generated facts, which have firmly placed Jonathan on the committee’s radar.
In response to the series of latest allegations, Jonathan on Tuesday dismissed allegations that he was paid $200 million from the proceeds of the sale of the deepwater oil block said to hold nine billion in oil reserves.
In latest reports, two days after it uncovered N250 million at the popular Balogun market in Lagos, the EFCC on Wednesday announced the discovery of huge sums of cash in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos, which adds up to about $38 million, N23 million and £27,000 cash, uncovered in an apartment on Osborne Road, Ikoyi, during a sting operation by its operatives.