Goodluck Jonathan, Former Nigerian President Faces Arrest Says EFCC

president_goodluck_jonathan_1__283791306According to a Nigerian based online newspaper,, the former Nigerian leader, Goodluck Jonathan, may be arrested before May 29, considering the level of investigations con­ducted on his admin­istration, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission.

An EFCC source said Jonathan may be arrested before the current administration clocks its first year in office.

The source disclosed that the arrest, two weeks ago, of the Managing Director of Kakatar Engineering and Construction Company Limited, Mr. Azibao­la Robert, whom the official de­scribed as “closest kinsman of former president Jonathan so far,” was a clear indication that “we are inching close to making former President Jonathan our guest.”

The official dismissed as reckless recent comments by another former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, dismissing the anti-graft agency as a “tooth­less bulldog.”

The EFCC chief predicted that “unfolding events in the next few weeks will actually confirm whether the EFCC has indeed become a toothless bulldog.”

Said the official, “We ar­rested Mr. Azibaola Robert on March 23, 2016 when he came to honour our invitation. We also arrested his wife, but she has since been granted bail. The following day, we arrested Da­koru Atukpa, Executive Direc­tor of his company. As we speak, both men are in our custody and are helping with vital informa­tion needed to nail the former president.”

According to the official, Robert and Atukpa were arrest­ed in connection with what he described as “ongoing investi­gations” into a $40 million oil pipeline security contract, which emanated from the Ministry of Petroluem, but was paid for by the office of the equally detained former National Security Ad­viser (NSA), Retired Col. Sam­bo Dasuki.

The EFCC official said the commission was working on a lead that One-Plus Nigeria Lim­ited, Kakatar’s sister compa­ny which secured the oil pipe­line security contract, may have been a front of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said, “Even though One-Plus appeared to have success­fully executed the contract, we are interested in details of how the company executed the job, including those who got paid from the $40 million sum.

“Even though we are still in­vestigating, there is sufficient suspicion that both men used One-Plus as front of the former President. The Managing Direc­tor of One-Plus has constantly maintained that the company was incorporated well before Jonathan became Vice Presi­dent, and that it wasn’t a crime to come from Otuoke,” offered the official.

The EFCC official said the commission was unsettled by former president Olusegun Oba­sanjo’s recent description of the agency as a toothless bulldog, and was committed to taking on persons considered sacred cows just to prove Obasanjo wrong.READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.