– The House of Reps committee investigating the Malabu scandal has said fresh details uncovered in latest news report on the scandal has necessitated that Goodluck Jonathan be summoned
– The proposed summons of Jonathan is sequel to a report which alleged that he probably received as much as $200 million to approve the controversial $1.3 billion sale of OPL 245 oil field
– The allegation was made by Ednan Agaev, a Russian middleman who helped negotiate the transfer of the oil block to Shell and Eni
The House of Representatives has said it is preparing to summon former president, Goodluck Jonathan, to explain his role in the controversial award of OPL 245 oil block licence, which is famously known as the Malabu deal.
Premium Times reports that Razak Atunwa, chairman of the house committee on justice who leads an ad-hoc panel investigating the $1.3 billion Malabu oil deal, said on Monday, April 10, that efforts have commenced towards summoning the former president to testify.
“I can confirm that the former president is now on our radar following new details that were uncovered in latest news reports about the Malabu scandal,” Mr. Atunwa, an APC lawmaker from Kwara state said.
Atunwa’s comments comes a day after We reported that Ednan Agaev, a Russian middleman who helped negotiate the deal, said Goodluck Jonathan, probably received as much as $200 million to approve the controversial $1.3 billion sale of OPL 245 oil field.
The disclosure was made by Italian prosecutors in court documents which were gotten from investigation by Italian authorities into the deal.
The prosecutors quoted Ednan Agaev, who assisted to negotiate the transfer of the oil block to Shell and Eni, as saying that Dan Etete, the former petroleum minister at the heart of the oil scandal, said he intended to dole out as much as $400 million in bribes if the deal went through.
We learnt that Agaev made the disclosure to the FBI during an interview and was also said to have met with Mr Jonathan on more than one occasion in Nigeria during the OPL 245 negotiations.
The Russian, who was Mr. Etete’s representative in the negotiation, said the convicted former petroleum minister told him of the $400 million bribe to Nigerian politicians when he approached him for his payment.
The claim that Jonathan probably received as much as $200 million in the deal was also repeated by the Russian in a follow-up interview with Italian prosecutors, led by Fabio De Pasquale in Milan.
“I said that if it’s true, that he paid, he had to pay 400 million, I assume that at least 200 went to Goodluck (Jonathan).”
“I heard from Chief (Etete), he claims that he had to pay 400 million, so, if this is true, if he paid 400 million, then most probably the President, as the biggest boss, took at least the half of it,” documents prepared by Italian prosecutors quoted.
Meanwhile, a former Attorney-General of the Federation, Bello Adoke, has petitioned the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, imploring the nation’s number one law enforcement official to call the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to order.
We reported that Adoke said the anti-graft agency allegedly singled him out for persecution when other former high-level government officials, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, took some of the critical decisions that culminated in the controversial $1.1 billion Malabu transactions.
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