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Jonathan speaks on owning foreign bank accounts, property

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has insisted that he does not own any bank accounts or property abroad.

Jonathan stated this in a statement issued on Saturday by his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, in reaction to a report that claimed that lawyers representing the Federal Government, in a London court filing, accused him of accepting bribes in order “to broker a $1.3 billion oil deal eight years ago”.

He dismissed the report on the controversial Malabu oil deal as a recycled falsehood that is blatantly dishonest, cheap and predictable.

“Former President Goodluck Jonathan did not ask for or collect any bribes, neither has he been charged for asking or collecting bribes, neither will he ever be charged with asking for or collecting bribes, because such never happened.

“That this particular dispute predated the Jonathan administration and survives it. That former President Jonathan is 61 years old and throughout his life has never opened an account, nor owned property outside Nigeria,” he said.

The statement added, “In fact, we expected something like this ever since it was announced that former President Jonathan would lead the Election Observation Mission of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa to South Africa’s national and provincial elections.

“We are well aware that this claim was intentioned to eclipse the goodwill and positive reports of former President Jonathan’s diligent engagement in South Africa’s national and provisional elections.

“The fact that most major media houses in the country refused to republish this falsehood bears out our conviction that Nigerians can no longer be deceived by hollow and diversionary claims of corruption, in the face of worsening state of affairs in the country.

“We have always made it clear that beyond this wave of conjecture, former President Jonathan was not linked, indicted or charged with collecting any monies as kickbacks or bribes from ENI by the Italian authorities or any other law enforcement body the world over.

“It bears repeating that the documents relating to the transactions and decisions of the Federal Government on the Malabo issue, during the Jonathan administration, are in the relevant Government offices, where they are accessible.

“We would like to point out that all the actions taken by the Jonathan administration in relation to activities in the oil industry were legally conducted by relevant Nigerian Government officials and were carried out in the best interest of the country.”

The statement added that whether in office or out of office, former president Jonathan still “does not own any bank account, business or real estate outside Nigeria”.

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EPL: Lampard to replace Sarri as Chelsea manager after Europa League final

Chelsea are preparing to fire Maurizio Sarri, regardless of whether he wins the Europa League and want to bring in Frank Lampard as his replacement, Sky Sport Italia reports.

Sarri has struggled to win over fans despite a solid first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, in which he reached the final of two Cups and finished third in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, the Blues are looking to change their manager after the Europa League final and want Lampard to usher in a new era.

The former Chelsea midfielder is currently preparing to face Aston Villa in Derby County’s promotion play-off decider at Wembley next week.

Stamford Bridge bosses have been impressed with the way Lampard has carried himself and are believed to be keen to bring him back along with Petr Cech.

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‘Yahoo Yahoo’: Zlatan Ibile chides fans in new single titled 4nights in Ekohtiebo

Nigerian artist, Omoniyi Temidayo, popularly known as Zlatan Ibile, has dropped new single few days after he was released by the EFCC.

Recall that Zlatan and Naira Marley were arrested by the EFCC over their alleged support of internet fraud also known as ‘yahoo yahoo’.

While Zlatan was released, Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley has remained in custody of the graft agency.

But Zlatan has now taken to the studio to release a single entitled ”4nights in Ekohtiebo”

In the single, Zlatan chided those he tagged ‘fake friends’ who turned their back on him while he was in detention.

The song composed in Yoruba is translated thus: “Pretend you were dead, see who will shed tears over your death. Pretend to be broke and see who’ll ignore you.

“We eat and drink together. Just four days and you can’t hide your hatred for me. You guys didn’t expect me to return. Nobody is holy and don’t be quick to judge”.

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‘Yahoo Yahoo’ – Naira Marley remanded in prison pending ruling on bail application

Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley was, on Monday, arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos over an alleged credit card fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged him with 11-counts of the offence before Justice Nicolas Oweibo.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges when read to him.

The judge then adjourned the case until May 30 for the hearing of his bail application.

Justice Oweibo ordered that the musician be remanded in prison until his bail application is determined.

Marley risks seven years in jail if found guilty in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

EFCC had arrested Naira Marley in connection with an alleged advance fee fraud known as ‘yahoo yahoo’ in the Nigerian parlance.

Following his arrest, the anti-graft agency filed an 11-count charge against him.

The charges with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 were filed before a Lagos High Court.

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