A committee of the House of Representatives has invited former President Goodluck Jonathan to testify in the ongoing investigations into the Malabu Oil deal scandal.
This follows the indictment of the former head of state by an ad hoc committee of the House probing the $1.1 billion Malabu Oil scandal
To this end, the committee stated that it was important for Goodluck Jonathan to give his position on whether or not he approved the payment as claimed by some of the principal actors in the scandal who have also claimed that the ex-president received a part of the kickback.
But, the former President alleged that his indictment was the handiwork of persons after his international reputation and seeking his downfall.
Reacting to the oil scam allegation, Ikechukwu Ezeh, Jonathan’s media, in a portion of his statement, once said:
“It is one more in the series of fake news sponsored by those threatened by Dr. Jonathan’s continuously rising profile in the international community.
“Commonsense should have shown the purveyors of this slander that the Malabu oil deal far predated the Jonathan regime and it would only make sense for him to be bribed if he had a time machine to go back in time to when the deal was struck.”
Recall that the Royal Dutch Shell had in April 201, admitted paying money to Malabu Oil and Gas for rights to oil bloc, OML 245.
Malabu is owned by former Petroleum Minister, Chief Dan Etete.
A Niger Delta group, the Niger Delta Advancement Front had however vowed that it would resist moves by the House of Representatives to summon former President Goodluck Jonathan over the controversial Malabu oil deal.
It remains to be seen what the group would do now that the reps have summoned the former President.
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