The Nigerian Federal Government has requested the bank account statements of former president Goodluck Jonathan, former petroleum Minister, Diezani Madueke, Rilwanu Lukman as well as 7 other former public officials to present their bank statement with 10 banks in connection with a P&ID judgement.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the 10 banks in question include; Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, United Bank for Africa (UBA) and the New York branches of the Deutsche Bank AG.
The Nigerian government is requesting for all documents regarding transactions to, from, or on behalf of Goodluck and Patience Jonathan between 2009 and present.
The Bloomberg report quoted the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami as saying the documents being requested for will aid the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in its investigation to uncover the persons behind the P&ID oil deal gone bad.
While Malami specifically refused to mention former President Goodluck Jonathan as the subject of an EFCC probe, court documents reveal that the Nigerian government planned to subpoena the former leader.
There is good reason to believe that ministers at the highest level were involved in a corrupt scheme to steal money from Nigeria,” Malami said on court documents filed on March 24.
He stated that P&ID had no ability or intention to perform the contract which required the company to build a gas processing plant while the Government supplied the gas.
The company alleged that it paid some amount of money for the project to start but no gas plant was ever built.
US District Judge, Lorna Schofield granted permission to the Nigerian government to serve copies of its application to the banks 8 of which had been served as at April 15.
The court is however yet to decide if Nigeria will have access to the bank documents.
Malami admitted that the EFCC not found any evidence of direct payments between P&ID and the affected former public officials. He said however that the banks on the list may have processed US Dollar transactions connected to P&ID’s operations as correspondent banks or new your branches for foreign lenders.
Nigeria is seeking to overturn a $9.6
Billion judgement awarded against it for breach of contract in a gas deal.