Order paper today – The House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating alleged corruption in the Malabu oil block scandal is considering inviting former President Goodluck Jonathan to explain what he knows about the messy deal that has made global headlines.
This much was revealed in a statement Wednesday by the chairman of the committee, Razak Atunwa (APC, Kwara).
The statement reads: “The House of Representatives, by a Resolution taken at Plenary set up and mandated this Committee to, inter alia, conduct a thorough examination of the process and circumstances surrounding OPL 245 and identify culpability of any persons, groups or organisations.
“The Committee is aware of recent information that have come to light, both nationally and internationally, indicating that former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan may have been complicit in the controversial OPL 245 deal.
“The Committee is also closely monitoring the proceedings in the Italian Courts instituted by the Public Prosecutor of Milan in which Ministers in Jonathan Administration were mentioned including President Jonathan himself.
“These facts have firmly placed former President Goodluck Jonathan on the Committee’s radar.
“The Committee believes that former President Goodluck Jonathan may well be in a position to assist it with its inquiries. Accordingly, the Committee is considering inviting him to give evidence before it. An announcement will be made once a formal firm decision is taken on the matter.
“The Committee intends to be meticulous, thorough and comprehensive in its inquiry so as