Again, Jonathan Denies Links to N’Delta Avengers

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Gboyega Akinsanmi

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday denied reports that linked him to the renewed militancy and bombings of oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta.

Two national dailies had on Thursday reported that the former president was allegedly involved in the formation and activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

But in a statement by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan denied the report, saying there were similarities in the two stories published by the national dailies.

The statement said: “We are convinced that such clear coincidences are only permissible in situations where general statements are issued, but not on matters of intelligence/security reports which do not fly into newsrooms as press releases.

“We are also concerned that the stories did not differ in content and substance from the trite allegations earlier made by the so-called Reformed Niger Delta Avengers over the same lies of linking Jonathan to the militants,” the statement said.

It expressed shock that a newspaper would publish such a report, which was said to be “a confirmation of a similar claim by the Movement for the Emancipation of NigerDelta (MEND)” even without subjecting such frivolity to any ethical interrogation.

It pointed out that no responsible government agency would rush, as claimed in the reports, to adopt the accusations of a questionable rebellious organization as its own findings without applying the professional processes of rigour and due diligence.