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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Jonathan And His Ex-Ministers Allegedly in Cold War Over $2.1bn Arms Scandal...

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan is pitted in cold war with some of his ex-ministers who are on trial over the $2.1 billion arms scandal, N23.29 poll cash and other financial frauds.



Some of the ex-ministers are said to be angry with Jonathan for allegedly abandoning them after they were arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They are also shocked that the ex-President neither assisted nor hired lawyers for them.

They want Jonathan to own up on the disbursement of the funds and open talks with his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari, on plea bargain.
But the ex-President is said to be shocked by revelations from the EFCC concerning some of the ex-ministers.

It was learnt that Jonathan wants the ongoing investigation and trial to run its full course.

An investigation conducted by THE NATION indicated that all is not well between Jonathan and his ex-ministers.
The cold war has worsened to the point that when Jonathan met some of the former ministers, he did not ask them why they were arrested or treated the way the EFCC has done.

One of the ex-ministers was said to be close to tears when Jonathan exchanged pleasantries with him without a mention of his ordeal in EFCC’s custody.
The overwhelmed ex-minister had always claimed that he “ran errands for Jonathan on the slush funds traced to him.”

A reliable source said: “Our camp has broken into two. The ex-President is on one side and the embattled ex-ministers is on the other.
“The cold war is a result of the ongoing arrest and trial of some former ministers and aides of Jonathan.
“Some of the ex-ministers and aides are angry that Jonathan was not owning up or rising in their defence over the allegations levelled against them.
“Some of them are feeling bad that Jonathan has neither hired lawyers to defend them nor met with President Muhammadu Buhari for plea bargain on some cases.


“A few others accuse him of not taking care of their families while they were in detention.”
Responding to a question, the source said: “I remember during one of our meetings, Governor Nyesom Wike spoke with anger on how some of us also betrayed Jonathan.
“The situation has degenerated to the extent that most of the former PDP governors do not visit Jonathan anymore.”

A former minister, who spoke in confidence, said some of the embattled ministers were being unrealistic.
The source said: ”These ex-ministers cannot blame Jonathan for their travails at all.
“The ex-President was just hearing of some of these huge sums for the first time. Some of these funds were released under the guise of security votes without his approval.
He has been devastated on the allegations against some ex-ministers.
“In some cases, withdrawals and disbursements from the treasury exceeded his approval.

“It will be extremely difficult for the ex-President to own up to everything.
“Even some ex-ministers from the North were alleged to have diverted some of these funds to either personal use or to mobilize their supporters against Jonathan during the 2015 poll.”

On legal representation, the source added: “At a point, Jonathan assembled a team of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) to defend some of these ex-ministers and aides, but the legal team presented a bill running into billions of naira, which he said he could not afford. He had to abandon the plan.
“We have asked our colleagues to be considerate too. Jonathan is having his own share of the probe. Apart from his wife being investigated, his cousin and some of his associates are also on trial. This is enough an emotional burden to him.

“Despite the tightening of investigation noose around him, Jonathan came out recently to raise issues on the trial of Dasuki for the $2.1 billion arms scandal.
Some of the ex-ministers and aides under investigation are 

ex-NSA Sambo Dasuki; 
Nurudeen Mohammed; 
Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro; 
Bashir Yuguda; 
former Minister of Power, Mohammed Wakil; 
Bala Mohammed; 
Diezani Alison-Madueke; 
Oloye Jumoke Akinjide; 
Prof. Viola Onwuliri; 
ex-Minister Nenadi Usman; 
ex-Minister Senator Joel Ikenya; 
Chief billion for Operation Capture Lagos and N1.2 billion reimbursement expenses after stepping down for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, during the 2015 general election.

A reliable source said: “The former Minister is under fresh probe on some cash advanced to him personally by ONSA and the presidency for the 2015 poll.
“These funds include alleged N3.5 billion for Operation Capture Lagos and a personal loss reimbursement of N1.2 billion.

“After Agbaje became the governorship candidate, Obanikoro was not only returned as a minister, his expenses during primaries, amounting to about N1.2 billion, were refunded to him.

“He personally submitted the bill and he was reimbursed by the presidency. All the key actors who knew about the reimbursement are still alive.
“We are investigating him on this N4.7 billion. If he has no case to answer on poll funds, we will leave him. But if there is a prima facie case, he will face a separate trial.”

In an earlier case, about N4.685 billon was allegedly transferred by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) to Sylvan McNamara Limited, a company linked with a former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro.
Out of the sum, about N3.880 billion was allegedly transferred to both Governor Ayodele Fayose and Senator Iyiola Omisore through cash and bank transfers by Obanikoro.
The former minister was asked by the EFCC to account for the balance, which the ex-Minister claimed was spent on a campaign against Boko Haram in the South-West.
After weeks in detention, Obanikoro refunded N100.4 million to the EFCC with an undertaking for the return of about N480 million.
 


*Na wah,this ONSA Fund was really a National cake that was well divided,time to vomit now them dey cry wolf.



16 comments:

Lilian Loves Pep Guardiola said...

They should let GEJ be abeg.

Mao Akuh said...

How can they recover money that was used for campaign? They paid printers, media outlets, gave some money to voters (as usual), bribe INEC as usual even APC bribed them too, gave traditional rulers to mobilise youths, assisted widows and orphans, even some side chics got their own, paid for hotel bills, gifts were exchanged, some of us received recharge cards via this blog, even giveaways, what are they saying again?

SOme chics will return the gifts they received from their sugar daddies, some of us will equally return the recharge cards received & other things, what about the food they ate in expensive hotels and shit'am out....haba Vuharia...fear God o.

peace maker said...

Another devious smear campaign by d APC against this honorable and selfless leader GEJ

peace maker said...

A brazen campaign of calumny against d best president d country ever had

Audrey said...

Story story...

Anonymous said...

Someone told me that during efcc interrogation with a former minister, a call was place to GEJ. The efcc officials put the call on speaker and asked Jonah if he knew abt the money the ex-minister looted to buy land in bayelsa. When GEJ heard the amount, he exclaimed and said that guy must be probed that the land he is claiming he bought with money is even bigger than the land mass of bayelsa.
I agree some of this people betrayed him and stole money with out his knowledge.

Anonymous said...

All the expenses you mentioned above is not up to 1/10 of what they stole.So let them vomit the remaining 9/10 in cash and assets

IRRATIONALPaul said...

More than half of the money is gone, Buhari should just make a straight move on Jonathan

baby blu said...

Well God will expose you all of your soiled your hands including GEJ my bestie lol

St.FranKooL.... said...

#It's so sad and frustrating when you try your hardest but people still don't find it good enough*

Anonymous said...

Jonathan was betrayed by those he called loyalist but that doesn't stop all of them to return d remaining money.

Anonymous said...

Run its full cause???? A looting he authorised?? Abeg second base jare. Am still waitin for his arrest sha, no man steals let dis nd roam around freely

Yemi7up said...

He allowed the huge stealing due to is carelessness, even when people are shouting for him to stop it he called it mere stealing even on national TV. He is as guilty as his men.

Anonymous said...

Jonathan should help his ex ministers by claiming responsibility for the armed cash, Buhari already promised he will not jail Jonathan no matter what

FRESH said...

You really are a dunce! Your type were exactly the ignorant people who were s screaming "give us Barabas, crucify Jesus!" ignorant people.

FRESH said...

Yeah right! Then don't complain about recession & hunger.Whistle & enjoy it.You deserve it.

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