The President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency has reportedly ordered a discreet investigation of the immediate past president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, and his wife, Patience, over the spate of bombings of oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta.
Quoting intelligence reports, a top government source told Premium Times that it had now been established that some of the oil facilities bombed in the Niger Delta had actually been mined by some of the militants and operatives known to be very close to Jonathan just before the 2015 general elections.
According to the anonymous official, “the mining was meant to be a “Plan B should they be removed from Aso Rock.
“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.”
The source continued that “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.
The source further disclosed that “the game plan of 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.”
The newspaper quoted another presidency source, who said that: “one of the reasons 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.”