Former President Jonathan denies sharing kickbacks on oil deal

Jonathan defends Dasuki

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed reports that he shared bribe with former petroleum resources minister, Diezani Allison-Maduekwe, before approving the transaction on the $1.3 billion OPL 245 oil block, involving Royal Dutch Shell and ENI.

Jonathan in a statement by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, admitted that he met with the executives of all oil companies in his capacity as the president, but never collected any kickbacks from any of them.

The former president, whose name was mentioned in the ongoing trial in Italy for allegedly sharing $466 million with others, denied sending one Abubakar Aliyu or anyone to collect bribe on his behalf.

Jonathan who expressed concern over the allegation in the trial in Italy, assured that he does not own any bank account, aircraft or any real estate outside Nigeria.

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