The Federal Government on Friday debunked the claims by some protesters in Bayelsa state that the allowances due to the former President Goodluck Jonathan were stopped and his accounts frozen. The Senior Special Assistant on Media, Garba Shehu, on this issue stated that, “We have confirmed with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) that the former President and the other past leaders were paid their allowances up to the second quarter.
“The past leaders have not been paid third quarter allowances but will get their dues when remittances are received by the SGF from the Ministry of Finance. Also, the story of account closure is false. It is not known to the investigation agencies. The National Security Adviser to the President is not aware of this bank account closure. The DG SSS is unaware of it, the EFCC is unaware and the IG of Police is not in the know.”
Meanwhile sources close to Goodluck Jonathan claim that his accounts were indeed frozen. A source said, “Jonathan was abroad receiving treatment when his account was frozen. Before he travelled he informed the President he was going for treatment. The former President was stranded abroad and would have been a casualty but for the timely intervention of others.” Another source added that, “They froze Jonathan’s account dedicated for medicals abroad. He reached for his money to pay his medical bills while abroad and found it frozen. Help came from friends.”