Contrary to reports that a U.S. judge has granted Nigeria’s request to subpoena 10 banks in the US regarding access to account statements of some of Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan and other former top public officeholders, Jonathan has said that no court in the United States granted access to his accounts because he never owned any account in that country.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by Special Adviser to Jonathan on Media, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president called on those who implemented the subpoena to disclose the outcome to Nigerians.
“We wish to state that these reports are misleading and untrue. Yes, Judge Lorna Schofield has granted the subpoena applied for by the Federal Government of Nigeria seeking to verify if former President Jonathan, and other named persons, has bank accounts in the United States of America.
“No, the court did not grant access to the bank accounts of former President Jonathan, because the former President has no bank accounts in the United States, or any other country in the world, either in his name or in the name of privies,” he said.
“It will be recalled that when the news of the subpoena broke last month, we did not only restate the fact that former President Jonathan has no accounts in the United States but also urged the US authorities to grant Nigeria’s application by providing the requested bank records.
“It is expedient to mention that the subpoena was approved several days ago. Consequently, we urge those who implemented the subpoena to tell Nigerians and the world whether or not they found any bank accounts in the name of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we will continue to reiterate that whether in or out of office, former President Jonathan does not have any property or bank account outside Nigeria.
“Finally, be it known to the public that interested journalists can themselves make a Freedom of Information application to peruse the documents discovered by this subpoena. This is important because Nigerians deserve to know the outcome of these investigations” he stated.