Reps insist, says Jonathan must appear to explain role in Malabu oil deal

The immediate past President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has been compelled to give evidence to members of the House of Representatives over his role in the controversial deal in OPL 245, otherwise known as Malabu oil block.

The Razaq Atunwa-led ad hoc Committee saddled with the responsibility of carrying the investigation has however given the former President the option to either appear physically before it or send a written submission.

Atunwa, at a press briefing yesterday following an extensive meeting of the Committee said it has become imperative for the former President to furnish the Committee with his roles on the oil block since his name was variously mentioned in previous investigations.

He said: “The Ad-hoc Committee on OPL 245 met to consider the progress of the Committee’s work and the next steps to be taken.

“The Committee noted that it had conducted extensive investigation into the OPL 245 saga and that it is drawing to a close.

“However, the Committee is of the view that in the interest of thoroughness, natural justice and fair play, it imperative that evidence should be taken from former President Goodluck Jonathan.

“In arriving at this decision, the Committee took account of the facts that Mr Jonathan’s name features in the proceedings initiated by the Public Prosecutor of Milan in Italy;

“A United Kingdom (UK) court judgment in relation to an application to return part of the money being restrained, castigated the Jonathan Administration as not having acted in the best interest of Nigeria in relation to the deal”.

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