Following the ongoing revelations in the controversial award of OPL 245 oil block license, the Chairman of the House Committee on Justice, Razak Atunwa, who also leads the panel setup to investigate the $1.3billion oil deal, said that the House of Representatives plans to summon Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to explain his role in the alleged scandalous deal.
“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 told Premium Times Newspapers.
The huge amount for the oil block was paid by Shell and ENI. $1.1billion was paid directly into the Nigerian Government account with JP Morgan, while the remaining $200million had been paid by Shell as signature bonus.
The bad news however is that huge part of the money ended up in private pockets of politicians and government officials.
In fact, about $800million went directly into Dan Etete’s account. Mr. Dan Etete was a former Minister of Petroleum who was sometime convicted for money laundering in France.
Ednan Agaev, a Russian middleman, who help negotiated the deal told FBI that he assumes that Jonathan got around $200million since he was the biggest boss at that time.
“Agaev stated that he would think President Goodluck Jonathan got at least $200 million of this money,” Agaev said.
Mr. Etete had told the Russian middleman that about $400million would go to Senators, House of Representative members, politicians and government officials if the deal went through.
Mr. Agaev repeatedly confirmed that the former Petroleum Minister actually did say he would pay as much as $400million in bribes.
According to the document published by BuzzFeed, Agaev also told the Italian prosecutors led by Fabio De Pasquale in Milan that he heard Etete said he would pay $400million.
“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.,” (as seen on BuzzFeed)
According to the Chairman of the House Committee on Justice, the latest revelation against Ex-President Jonathan is to compelling to ignore.
“We cannot ignore such weighty allegations knowing fully well that Nigeria has lost billions of dollars as a result of the numerous complications around the OPL 245 oil field,” Mr. Atunwa said.
“We’ve summoned several former and present top government functionaries, including the Attorney-General Abubakar Malami, to provide information that could help in our investigation and they honoured us.” He added.
“We’re still working out the details.”
“Nigerians will know the time and modalities of our summon to the president, including letter of invitation, very soon.”