Subpoena: Jonathan has no account or property abroad - Spokesman replies FG
- Dr Goodluck Jonathan has responded to reports of plans to by the federal government to subpoena he and his wife's bank records
- Jonathan described the action as an exercise in futility, saying he has no accounts or property outside Nigeria
- The Nigerian government had subpoenaed bank records for Jonathan and his wife, in the United States of America
Former Nigerian president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has responded to reports of plans to by the federal government to subpoena he and his wife's bank records in the United States of America.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, April 28 by his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan described the action as an exercise in futility, saying he has no accounts or property outside Nigeria.
Recent international media reports had suggested the Nigerian government had subpoenaed bank records for Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience, in the United States of America.
Jonathan encouraged US authorities to cooperate fully with the Nigerian government on its demands.
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Part of the statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to international media reports to the effect that the Federal Government of Nigeria has subpoenaed bank records for former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan in the United States of America.
“We aver that the federal government of Nigeria did not contact Dr Jonathan or his wife before issuing these subpoenas. If they had, we would have advised them of the fact that you cannot subpoena what does not exist.
“We also remind the public that on March 5, 2014, during the swearing-in of new ministers, then President Jonathan said “I am loyal to Nigeria’s economy. I don’t have accounts or property abroad.”
“We are confident in stating that between that time and now, nothing has changed with regards to Dr Goodluck Jonathan. He has no accounts in the United States of America and encourages US authorities to cooperate fully with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s subpoena.
“Finally, we state that the signing of the P&ID contracts preceded the Jonathan administration and that that government gave appropriate counsel to the incoming government in the handover notes of 2015, which advice if carried out, would have prevented the current unfortunate circumstances.”
In another development, Dr Jonathan has urged the World Health Organisation and stronger economies to come to the aid of African countries in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jonathan said such aid would enable more aggressive COVID-19 testing that makes the current imposed lockdown on cities more productive.
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