Malabu Scandal: MEND demands Jonathan’s presence before Reps over messy affairs

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[Delta]–With news over the air that former President Goodluck Jonathan contributed to the success of the Malabu Oil scandal, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said the the former president must be compelled to appear before the House of Representatives.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the militant group, Jomo Gbomo, on Monday, the group expressed disappointments on the act by former President Jonathan, as they described it as one which has brought shame to the country locally and internationally.

“Former President Goodluck Jonathan is reported to have received the whooping sum of $200m as kickback from the controversial OPL 245 Malabu oil deal.

“We are compelled by natural justice, equity and good conscience to lend our voice against the most ignoble and despicable role played by the former President in the messy affair which has tainted the image of Nigeria both locally and internationally.

“Like millions of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora, who have keenly followed the OPL 245 saga, we have reasonable grounds to suspect that former President Jonathan may have indeed compromised his high office with regard to the matter, more especially, given the fact that key officials of his administration, including the then Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, have been indicted and charged before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

“We are, therefore, in full support of moves by the House of Representatives to summon the former President to appear before the House to give answers to the myriad of questions concerning his role in OPL 245.

“Where he refuses to honour the invitation, we urge the House to invoke its inherent powers to compel his appearance”, the statement reads.

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