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Jonathan & Wife Under Probe For Sponsoring Niger Delta Avenger Militants To Fight Buhari Govt.

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Jonathan & Wife Under Probe For Sponsoring Niger Delta Avenger Militants To Fight Buhari Govt.

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August 18, 2016 – Jonathan & Wife Under Investigation For Allegedly Sponsoring Niger Delta Avenger Militants To Fight Against Buhari Government

The Nigerian presidency has ordered a discreet investigation of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, and his wife, Patience, over the spate of bombings of oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta.

A top government source, quoting intelligence reports, told PREMIUM TIMES that it had now been established that some of the oil installations bombed in the Niger Delta had actually been mined while President Jonathan was in power, just before the 2015 election, by some of the militants and operatives known to be very close to him.

“The mining was meant to be a “Plan B should they be removed from Aso Rock,” said the official, who requested not to be named because of the sensitive nature of the matter.
“The plan then was to cause confusion if the 2015 presidential election did not go as expected, in favour of the then incumbent.”

“However, when the former president surprisingly conceded the election to President Muhammadu Buhari, according to the source, there was both disappointment and confusion in the camp of those who had designed the plan, causing a suspension of the whole agenda.

“But by February this year, it was learnt, the plan was reopened as several of the backers were getting investigated on different corruption cases.
“Mr. Jonathan himself himself was concerned that himself and his wife could be prosecuted, including on money-laundering charges where investigators said evidence against the wife has already been amassed.
“It was at that point that the bombing activities under the banner of the Niger Delta Avengers started.

“Even the former President himself had been reported while on a foreign trip as saying he knew he was under probe. This was after the plan to start the bombing had become fully operational according to intelligence reports.”

Last June, during a live interview on Bloomberg Television, Mr. Jonathan said he was aware that anti-graft agencies were investigating him.
“I am being investigated, yes, investigations are going on,” Mr. Jonathan had said after delivering a speech on his five-year presidency in London.

Mr. Jonathan’s comments came at the same time the Niger Delta governors were reportedly prevailing on President Buhari to drop corruption charges against some highly placed persons from the region.
“After the Plan B was restored, the ‘militant operatives’ who mined the oil and gas installations only had to arrange for how they would be detonated at a distance at the wish and timing of the NDA, their backers and sponsors said to include the former president, his wife, Government Tompolo, Mr. Kinglsey Kuku and Olisa Metuh among others.

“The mining was done by some of the militants that the previous government had trained under the amnesty programme, and those who acquired the needed expertise, besides their knowledge of the Niger Delta creeks and terrain.
“Experts working with the federal government are now said to be working to determine how to discover if there are still many more oil and gas installations that have been mined and explore the best means of demining them.”

In addition to the mined installations, intelligence reports, according to the official, also stated that the NDA and their backers and operatives also had the capacity to dive in and out of water to damage and bomb the installations, adding that the federal government had drawn up the full list of all those that were trained and equipped in those skills under the Amnesty Programme.

Our source further disclosed that “the game plan of Mr. Jonathan and his associates backing the NDA was to cause enough economic damage in order to force the Buhari administration to pursue a political solution to the corruption cases on which investigations were already advancing against them.

“This is to avoid prosecution and the attendant unprecedented shame of having a former president go to jail.”
According to another presidency source, “one of the reasons Mr. Jonathan visited Aso Rock earlier this month was because he was afraid for himself, but more readily for his wife against whom silent investigations had already advanced significantly.”

Some MEND members had recently alleged that former President Jonathan came up with the name Niger Delta Avengers himself, a claim he has since denied.
But the intelligence reports, a presidency official said, confirmed that it was the intervention of the former president that actually stopped the militants from the symbolic announcement to declare a republic earlier this month.

Mr. Jonathan could not be reached on Thursday morning to comment for this story. He did not answer or return calls.
So also was Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity. He did not answer or return the calls made to him on Wednesday night.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, could not be reached.
However, another presidency spokesperson, ‘Laolu Akande, said he was aware Nigerian security agencies were “massively investigating the Niger Delta bombings”.

“But security or intelligence reports are usually confidential. You can’t expect me or anyone else to disclose their contents.”

[Source: Premium Times]



  1. Dotun KY

    August 18, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    It is very possible let d probe be made open

  2. Nelson

    August 18, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    The President should face governance and leave this man alone and let him be o biko.Could it be said that the Predident is also sponsoring boko haram?

  3. huchennar

    August 18, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    plan B my feet… someone who was in power and did not even question the election that took him out (appeal) is being accused of a so called plan B. many of us had this notion that APC were behind the boko haram thing threatening the Jonathan administration and with the manifesto made by buhari that they will eradicate boko haram in 48 hours we thought that our belive was true but is it true now…militant has being doing this right from yaradua tenure but we’re subdued because yaradua was capable of the post (mr president)

  4. huchennar

    August 18, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    i think it high time our president stop this blaming thing and look for a way forward if he has any.


    • mavis

      August 22, 2016 at 8:25 PM

      This is a story of some insane set of idiots. Mr Jonathan Goodluck is too busy for such thoughts.

      in fact the accusation is a total bedlam. Buhari and his psychos should go asleep.

  5. fifelomo

    August 19, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    All we need in this country now is way forward, not pointing accusing fingers on people with this he will not stay focused on the national problems and likely solutions to be adopted. Buhari Nigerians are nt smiling act fast.

  6. Prince

    August 19, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Yes i agree with you my brother, Mr. Buhari is giving so much excuses, he should face the Economic and the Hardship of the masses in the Country, then Does it mean that President Buhari is the Sponsor of Boko Haram during Formal President Jonathan regime, President Buhari should stop joking with Nigerian and deliver his campaign promises.

    President Buhari should do something with this little time Nigerians gave him because it will not last forever.

  7. Mary

    August 19, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    I wonder why this confused Buhari with his parochial sense of reasoning and myopic views will not leave Jonathan alone. This is a man that conceded defeat graciously and ensured that his handing over to Buhari was peaceful. Why then does this man filled with ambivalence and empty promises not fulfilled, bent on transfering his frustrations of not being able to perform the signs and wonders he promised us on Jonathan? He should stop this witch hunting of a thing and profer solutions to the poverty and anguish of the masses.

  8. sola olaniyi

    August 19, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    i regret supporting this APC people in the last election#theylackdirection

  9. fifelomo

    August 19, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Thinking aloud, I HOPE BUHARI IS NT A MISTAKE?

  10. Remmy Daniel U

    August 19, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    What is wrong in creating niger delta avenger when he jonathan is in power is it not the northner created boko haram to spoil jonathan government and now you are complaining born to rule .

    • enobong

      August 19, 2016 at 2:37 PM

      Ask them bro. Buhari said he will make the government ungovernable for Goodluck immediately boko haram started bombing and nobody said anything. Can you imagine.

  11. enobong

    August 19, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    That serves him right. He refused to get the sponsors of boko haram during his tenure. Even when a member of Boko haram makes any confession and mentions the name of their sponsors, he sweeps everything under the carpet just to please the north becos Buhari said, a fight against boko haram is a fight against the north.

    But if boko haram sponsors that wasted lives of innocent Nigerians in their millions are still on the street and the government is now looking for avengers sponsors who only bomb pipelines and wasted oil, then this is misplaced priority. The sponsors of both should be brought to book not one sided like corruption fight in Nigeria.


    August 19, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    abeg who get the oil self. dis buhari is confuse

  13. larry

    August 20, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    if questions should be asked to GEJ over militants then questions should be asked to Buhari over BK cos he needed power and would have used it to fight GEJ out of office and now it has gone beyond control.

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