Jonathan breaks silence on Malabu oil deal


FORMER president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, for the first time, reacted to the allegation that he received gratification to approve the controversial Malabu Oil transaction during his tenure.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja, on Tuesday, Jonathan said he did not send the businessman, Abubakar Aliyu, or any other person to receive bribe on his behalf during or after the negotiation.

The former president also said he held no secret meeting with parties in the transaction at anytime.

Online media were awash with the story that the former president received kickbacks in the $1.3 billionn OPL 245 oil block deal involving oil giants ENI and Royal Dutch Shell.

“With regards to the publication, we wish to make it clear that former President Jonathan was not accused, indicted or charged for corruptly collecting any monies as kickbacks or bribes from ENI by the…

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