Abuja - The federal government has launched an investigation on the possible involvement of former President Goodluck Jonathan with bombings of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, Daily Trust reports.
It was gathered that investigation is already underway to establish the level of involvement of Jonathan in the series of explosions affecting the country’s oil producing infrastructure that has left the country unable to produce nearly a third of its 2.2 million barrels of crude oil per day.
Suspicion of the former President’s involvement with activities of militants in the oil producing Niger Delta region was further strengthened after it emerged that one of the groups that threatened to declare a Niger Delta republic was dissuaded from doing so by Jonathan.
The sabotage of oil and power installations was part of what the group called the former President’s plan B after he lost the last general elections to President Muhammadu Buhari and is meant to discredit the present administration.
News24 earlier reported that a new intelligence report had further revealed linked between militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
The report indicated that oil and gas pipelines had already been infiltrated with explosives prior to Jonathan hand-over to President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015.
Having been submitted to the Presidency for further study, the report indicated that NDA was formed as a Plan B before the 2015 elections even took place.
The NDA was set to form an independent Niger Delta Republic following Jonathan's defeat at the polls but were allegedly discouraged in the days that followed the election by Jonathan himself.
- News 24