- The House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating the Malabu oil scandal stated that ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has to appear before the House in the interest of natural justice and fair play
- The committee members noted that Jonathan was the president at the time the deal was brokered by his ministers, leading to the alleged diversion of 1 billion dollars
- The committee chairman, Razak Atunwa, also noted that Jonathan's administration had been chided by a court in the UK for acting against Nigeria’s interest in relation to the deal
The House of Representatives has given reasons why the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, must appear before it to explain issues regarding to the controversial Malabu Oil Deal also known as OPL 245.
According to reports, Razak Atunwa, chairman of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating the fraudulent Malabu oil deal stated that only the ex-president could resolve the crisis surrounding the issue.
NAIJ.com gathered that Atunwa noted that his committee needed Jonathan’s testimony to conclude its work, after conducting an extensive investigation into the matter.
Atunwa stated: “The committee is of the view that in the interest of thoroughness, natural justice and fair play, it is imperative that evidence should be taken from former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“In arriving at this decision, the committee took account of the following facts: Mr. Jonathan was the president at the material time the ministers brokered the deal that lead to the allegation of $1 billion diversion of funds.
“Mr. Jonathan’s name features in the proceedings initiated by the Public Prosecutor of Milan in Italy.
“A United Kingdom 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.
“The Attorney-General of the federation at the 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.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that a committee of the House of Representatives summoned former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Jonathan was invited by the green chamber to testify in the ongoing investigations into the Malabu Oil deal.
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