Malabu Scandal: PDP lawmakers react to House of Reps’ plan to summon Jonathan

Former President,  Goodluck Jonathan
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

Some opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives have reacted to the plans by an ad-hoc committee investigating the $1.3 billion Malabu deal to summon former President Goodluck Jonathan over his role in the controversial award of OPL 245 licence.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Justice who also chairs the ad-hoc panel investigating the scandal, Razak Atunwa, had told PREMIUMTIMES that his committee would invite the former president for questioning.

Mr. Atunwa later released a statement to the media restating his position, with sources telling PREMIUM TIMES the committee has the approval of the Speaker to summon the former president.

Although Mr. Jonathan has denied receiving from the over $800 million transferred into the private account of ex-petroleum minister, Dan Etete, by his administration, from the money paid by oil giants Shell and ENI; investigations in Nigeria, U.S. and Italy indicate the former president may have benefitted from the scandal.

Apart from Mr. Jonathan, other officials believed to have benefitted from the Malabu funds include his justice minister, Mohammed Adoke, and then petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

It is based on recent revelations suggesting Mr. Jonathans involvement, that the House committee decided to invite the former president.

Some lawmakers from Mr. Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have, however, expressed reservations with the decision.

Mr. Atunwa, like House Speaker Yakubu Dogara, is of the ruling All Progressives Congress, but his committee like the House of Reps, also has PDP members.

In a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the House Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, said there are modalities in summoning an ex-president.

“If it is the resolution of the house, we’ll follow it logically,” he said. “This isn’t the first time a former president will be summoned by the house”

The PDP House leader said rather than summoning the former president, the two oil firms (Shell and ENI) who paid the money into the Nigerian government account should be investigated.

“The ex-president said he doesn’t have a foreign account,” he said. “I think the committee should rather investigate the oil firms, the Minister of petroleum and attorney general since they participated in signing the MoU.”

He however expressed optimism that Mr. Jonathan will be exonerated at the end of the investigation.

“I chaired that committee in the 7th assembly, we did our investigations and I’m sure Mr. Jonathan will exonerated”

Also commenting on the potential summon, Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, a PDP lawmaker from Edo State said he is not aware of such plans but believes the ex-president will appear if summoned.

“I know Dr. Jonathan is a man who believes in the rule of law, he will definitely appear if he is invited”

“We shouldn’t be talking about that now since he has not been invited” Mr. Agbonayinma said.

He said the allegations against the former president, who is spearheading moves to unite a factionalised PDP, had not been proven in court.

Also speaking on the matter, Nicholas Ossai from Delta State said any plan to invite the former president must be discussed at plenary.

“Former presidents, irrespective of their political parties are senior citizens, and there are certain levels of respect accorded to them”

“If there is any plan to summon him, it has to be deliberated on the floor of the house”

“The principal officers have to be consulted,” Mr. Ossai said.

In his reaction, Solomon Maren, a lawmaker from Plateau State, said there is no need to invite the ex-president since he didn’t partake in the signing of the agreement.

“There were people in charge of the justice and petroleum ministries, they are the people who are to explain to us the terms of agreement,” Mr. Maren said, referring to the 2011 agreements that saw the oil block given to Shell and ENI while they paid the $1.3 billion to the Nigerian government. It is from the money the oil firms paid that the Jonathan administration transferred $801 million to Malabu company accounts controlled by Mr. Etete.

“Mr. Jonathan certainly did not draft the (2011) agreement and he can’t peruse the entire agreement”

“It is expected that the ministers will do the entire agreement on his behalf and give him an executive summary,” he said.

Another PDP lawmaker from Gombe State, Ali Isa, drew parallels between Mr. Jonathan’s planned invitation and that of former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

“I remember in the past when the House was investigating power; a similar attempt was made to invite former president Olusegun Obasanjo. But because of the respect the House has for him, the committee didn’t do that.”

Mr. Isa suggested an alternative way the lawmakers could question the former president.

“I know if the committee wants any information, they will pay a courtesy visit to the former president who is still respected within and outside the country”

“They won’t summon him,” he said.


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  • PublicRekord

    “Nigerians have the right
    to know those who owned the billions of Naira that’s been recovered so far
    (from Osborne Towers in Ikoyi), This will definitely help in the war against corruption,
    which the Federal Government has been emphasizing
    .”

    …………Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

    [April 16th, 2017]

  • crude oil watch

    Premium Times Editor,

    The House of Representatives could take a more sensible first step to clear its own confusion.
    What the Representatives can do is to subpoena the Minister of Petroleum to submit certified
    copies of the out-of-court agreement signed with Malabu Oil and Gas under President Aremu
    Olusegun Obasanjo, as well as the latter SETTLEMENT agreement signed under the regime
    of President Goodluck Jonathan to see if the latter is a completely different arrangement or if
    it is supplement to the former out-of-court agreement signed with Malabu Oil and Gas under
    President Aremu Olusegun Obasanjo. The House of Representatives appears too confused
    on this first issue. It needs clarity. Once it has clarity it will stop conflating two different things.

    • ?????????

      • Of the $1.3 billion paid by both SHELL and ENI/Agip, a signature bonus of $210 was deducted;

      then, Dan Etete took $250million for himself, whilst Italian prosecutors traced another $460 million

      that was passed through JP Morgan bank in London to Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu; thus adding up to

      $910million accounted for. And so, it follows that $390 million remains missing, unaccounted for

      and deemed stolen. Where is the remainder $390 million; and, who stole that $390million?

      • V.O Akins

        @patrick_otobo:disqus :

        At this stage, nobody can be allowed to cover up any issue. Criminal trial is starting next week
        on 20th April in Milan, Italy, where Nigeria will virtually be in the dock as a country run by career
        criminals whose thefts have simultaneously activated law-enforcement agencies in America.
        The whole shenanigan called OPL 245 will be exposed in court papers and in depositions.
        Anyone connected with the OPL 245 sale should know it is all over now. It is time to pay
        full refund of $1.3 billion back to Eni/Agip because the Malabu Oil sale was illegal,
        to the extent it was purportedly made but without a Board resolution of Malabu
        Oil and Gas Limited – which Board resolution is mandatorily required by law.

        • Patrick Otobo

          The courts will decide the issue of Board Resolution since the matter is already in court. The court will definitely make a pronouncement whether the Board Resolution presented by Etete is genuine or forged. But the pertinent question to ask is: where was Mohammed Abacha when Etete was negotiating Malabu from 2006 to 2011? The letter conveying restoration of OPL 245 licence back to Malabu was addressed “‘For the Kind Attention Of Dan Etete”.

          Interesting days ahead!!!

          • v.o.akins

            @patrick_otobo:disqus: So, who represented Chief Fasawe and Abubakar Atiku as two
            two shareholders when Malabu Oil and Gas Limited purported to pass a resolution at
            a general meeting since all the five shareholders must necessarily receive notice
            of a meeting purposely convened to propose selling OPL 245 to Shell Ultra Deep
            Nigeria (S.U.N.D) and must cast their own ballots at the said meeting?

          • Patrick Otobo

            Good question! Check the original shareholding structure of Malabu and you will discover that both Fasawe and Atiku Abubakar were not shareholders initially. When did they acquire their shares in Malabu? This question will be answered when the case in court commences full blown. Please be patient. Malabu is in pubic domain and Nigerians will know all the details.

            Did Atiku Abubakar disclose his interest in Malabu in his asset declaration form when he was the VP? Who is Fasawe representing? why is this not engaging the attention of EFCC and Code of Conduct Bureau? By not declaring his interest in Malabu during OBJ administartion, Mohammed Abacha is already in breach of the agreement the Abacha Family reached with the Administration to disclose all their interests and any one not disclosed stands forfeited to the Government. Why didnt he go to court when he discovered that Etete has adulterated the shares of Malabu? Why did he sleep over his right?is the office of the Attorney general of the Federation the appropriate place to resolve such internal dispute among share holders? Please read the letter written by Abacha lawyers to the office of the AG. It is available online on theCable webisite.

          • Doki

            “Son of the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Abacha, has filed
            a fresh suit seeking an order of the Federal High Court in Abuja affirming him and a company
            Pecos Energy Ltd, as the owners of the Malabu Oil and Gas Limited. Malabu also asked the
            court to restrain the EFCC as continuing to treat the OPL 245 as proceed of crime, and also
            stop the anti-graft agency from interfering with its (Malabu’s) “right to explore and prospect for petroleum in the area of OPL 245. The defendant, includes, Mr Kweku Amafegha (described as
            an initial subscriber and director of Malabu), Munamuna Seidougha and Amaran Joseph
            (described as purported to be directors and allottees of Malabu)”.

            ………….The Punch

            (March 20th, 2017)

          • Mike A. Elliot

            @patrick_otobo:disqus

            ANYONE WHO WAS A SHAREHOLDER IN MALABU OIL REMAINS A SHAREHOLDER
            IN PERPETUITY FOR SO LONG AS THE COMPANY IS IN EXISTENCE BECAUSE THE
            RIGHTS OF A SHAREHOLDER CAN’T BE ABROGATED BY ANOTHER SHAREHOLDER.

          • Gran Puba

            For obvious reasons, Patrick Otobo is partisan. What is illegal is illegal. You can’t change that. A transaction of such magnitude must get the approval of corporate board resolution in other for all shareholders to be carried along. Same for securing loans, etc. Malabo as a company can’t be precluded from applying for an OPL regardless of who the petroleum minister was at that time. Time to take stocks also for Sapetro (Gen Danjuma), Amni Petroleum (Col. Sani Bello), Famfa Oil (Agbami Chevron- alleged cover for IBB). Why only Abacha. Pls give the block back to the rightful owners and let them partner with NNPC.

          • Patrick Otobo

            is PremiumTimes not biased??? PremiumTimes is biased for obvious reasons too. In any case how do you know that there was no Board Resolution? Let the court resolve that as Mohammed Abacha and Fasawe had already filed a case in court. This is what they should have done long ago. We awaut judicial pronouncement.

          • abodes_124

            Mohamed Abacha is just rubbing salt into the wound of the money he and his father stole from Nigeria

    • Patrick Otobo

      Thank you for educating these bunch of clowns (PremiumTimes) parading themselves as investigative journalists who are doing the bidding of people hiding behind the mask. The Agreemet of 2011 signed by Adoke and Deziani and other senior government officials flows from that of 2006 in letter and spirit. OBJ, one of the promoters of PT , midwifed the 2006 agreement hence PT reluctance to expose it. These documents are currently in public domain (Thanks to the Cable, Leadership, Punch and theNation-OPL 245 Documents Dont Lie!!!) and PT can not obfuscate the issues!

      • ‘Sho’

        @patrick_otobo:disqus

        PREMIUM TIMES IS A MUJAHEDEEN MEDIA ORGANIZATION WHERE THE HIJAB FACE VEIL
        IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL EDITORS AND REPORTERS, TO BE WORN FROM MORNING
        TILL NIGHT AND WORN TO BED AND TO THE BATH ROOM AND NEVER TO BE REMOVED.

    • abodes_124

      You are trying to confuse the ignoramuses with facts.

  • Patrick Otobo

    Premium Times where is your evidence that Jonathan, Adoke, Deziani and others collected money other than speculative assumptions and conjectures which you have been weaving together for the past two years? Those sponsoring PT have come out of the behind and they are now in court to ventilate their grievances over a pure commercial dispute where one shareholder outsmart the other.

    Where was Mohammed Abacha when Etete was negotiating OPL 245 since 2006 to 2011? He was hiding and failed to declare their interest in Malabu for obvious reasons. What happened when OBJ asked the Abacha family to declare all their interest??? We are waiting! PT can continue thus game of deceit and evil machinations to paint Jonathan et al black.

  • Patrick Otobo

    Premium Times where is your evidence that Jonathan, Adoke, Deziani and others collected money other than speculative assumptions and conjectures which you have been weaving together for the past two years? Those sponsoring PT have come out of the mask and they are now in court to ventilate their grievances over a pure commercial dispute where one shareholder outsmart the other.

    Where was Mohammed Abacha when Etete was negotiating OPL 245 since 2006 to 2011? He was hiding and failed to declare their interest in Malabu for obvious reasons. What happened when OBJ asked the Abacha family to declare all their interest??? We are waiting! PT can continue thus game of deceit and evil machinations to paint Jonathan et al black.

    • V.O Akins

      @patrick_otobo:disqus

      Premium Times is professionally neutral on this matter and therefore doing a right thing.
      A media house should not have a dog in a fight amongst thieves. It does not matter if
      any of those involved acted like a good Samaritan only and renounced a kickback
      from the $1.2 billion split and pocketed by the rest of the co-conspirators, the key
      thing now is that the seven known accomplices to this high financial crime called
      Malabu Oil OPL 245 must now refund the entire $1.3 billion to Eni/Agip.

      • Patrick Otobo

        I beg to disagree with you on the investigative role of PT!!!! Let wait for the outcome of the trial in Milan!!! Eni has denied any wrong doing.

  • obiora

    Buhari Government is Looking for jonathan from every where but it will not stop Nigeria from braking up. Jonathan is not beheind the Move in the Esthern Region.

    • Patrick Otobo

      One United Country please.

    • tundemash

      So the House of Rep. Committee also work for Buhari? I don;t know if it is the water or the air you breathe in but something is obviously not right with you.

    • isiaka

      A biased and sentiment people like you, not suppose to contributing to an important issue, but you can contribute to irrelevant matters.

  • tundemash

    He said the allegations against the former president, who is spearheading moves to unite a factionalised PDP, had not been proven in court.

    Mr. Legislooter, was the allegation against Magu proven in a court of law ?

    • sta

      What a bitter fellow. Jealousy no good oooooo

      • tundemash

        Mor0n, what is bitter in asking one of your destiny looters to be consistent ?

  • pajerow

    Rude idiots
    You want to summon an ex- president .Have you summoned OBJ for Halliburton scandal first -which was clearer than Malabo.Did Babangida ever attend any such summons in the past ?You are about to climb you tree beyond the leave margin

    • Patrick Otobo

      Our so called investigative journalist are in possession of the reports that indicts prominent nigerians but because some of them are the promoters of the so called investigative online media they blanked it. Shame!!!

    • sta

      You will make heaven

  • Isaac Azor

    So because the house has respect for someone, even if such a person commits a crime against the nation, it should be overlooked! Has the law suddenly developed eyes and no more blind? What a country Nigeria is!!

    • sta

      What a petty fellow

  • Soja

    Jonathan must come with his presidential uniform o.

    • aisha ani

      Please don’t kill me!

  • Rose

    Other countries are developing, inventing, manufacturing and producing one thing or the other. In Nigeria a band of poorly educated ethnic group holds the entire federation hostage – forcing every other region to conform to its lethargic standards often derived from a so called Holy Book. If in 21st century Mohammed Buhari is the man that emerges as president through a rigged or air process, then Nigeria is doomed.

    • sta

      God bless you

    • Akwah

      My sis, Nigeria as it is presently structured is not workable. Even Jesus Christ as President will not stop people from stealing, and be sure some of his disciples may prefer to hire 24 SANs (Senior) Lawyers to defend them rather than just present their Certificate as evidence of education.

      • paul irumundomon

        We still have very many objective writers in Nigeria, God bless you, happy easter from the beautiful city of the angels.
        A fake dean of lagos law school(whether unilag,, or lagos state)told me last year, buhari is not supposed to mention, those who died in the hands of herdsmen, when no one sentence, was spared to honor them.

    • paul irumundomon

      Better word, finished!

  • Adekunle

    Jonathan should be summoned and brought to the house in handcuffs.

    Simple