New intelligence report shows Jonathan’s link to Avengers; Read how it happened

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– Goodluck Jonathan has denied that he has any link with militants

– New intelligence reports submitted to presidency showed he formed Avengers

– The group had laced pipelines with explosives before May 29

A new intelligence report has continued to link Goodluck Jonathan to the Niger Delta Avengers.

A splinter group, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers had accused the former president of being one of the sponsors of the militants although the former president has denied this.

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Also, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) accused the ex-president of having ties with militants and this was also swiftly denied by Jonathan who also accused MEND of attempting to assassinate him.

The Nation reports that despite the former president’s denial, new security report indicated that oil and gas pipelines had already been laced with explosives before Jonathan handed-over to Muhammadu Buhari in May 29, 2015.

The intelligence report has been submitted to the presidency and is being studied.


File photo of militants

According to a top intelligence source, the Niger Delta Avengers was formed as a plan B before the 2015 elections.

The already armed Avengers were to launch an independent Niger Delta Republic after Jonathan’s defeat but the former president later prevailed on the group to stop the move.

However, the group resurfaced after President Muhammadu Buhari launched a massive probe into the financial mismanagement in the oil sector.

The result of the probe did not go down well with Jonathan and his wife, Patience who felt they were being singled for probe.

“We have intelligence report that it is true that the ex-President has been meeting with the NDA militants before the general election.

“The initial plan was to declare Niger Delta Republic after Jonathan’s electoral loss but the NDA members were taken aback when the ex-President conceded.

“Findings confirmed that the ex-President and others being probed, resuscitated the NDA plan when the Federal Government initiated a probe into the oil sector.

“We suspect that the ex-President is afraid that the way the investigation in the oil industry was going, he and his wife will be questioned.

“The fact that some of the conditions  put forward by the NDA, including not going after Government Ekpemuopolo Tompolo, and stopping investigation of all corruption probes, have confirmed some of the intelligence.

 “Intelligence report also showed that the evidence of the attacks of oil installations was planned before May 29. The NDA and other militants had mined these installations before the handover.

“But following the probe of the oil sector, they were mandated to start detonating it.

 “Intelligence report also indicated that a former Coordinator of Amnesty Programme Kingsley Kuku and  a former national publicity secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh might have played some key roles in the formation and operation of NDA.”

However, Metuh and Kuku have both denied the allegations.

A high ranking source who spoke on the condition of anonymity also insisted that Jonathan was strongly linked to the Avengers.

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“It has been known in government circles that Jonathan may be behind the NDA. The speed with which he denied the allegation spoke volumes.

“Despite the denial, the allegations have refused to go away.

“His allegation that MEND is after him is to divert attention from his roles as the mastermind of the NDA . His morbid fear of being investigated alongside his wife is behind what is going on. Investigation has revealed massive looting under his administration. His alarm was just to pre-empt being probed.”

Meanwhile, a group within the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria denied reports that Jonathan has plans to destablise Nigeria by sponsoring Niger Delta Avengers against the government of Nigeria.

The group, the Coalition of Niger Deltans for Justice and Development in a statement issued described the report as “an orchestrated lie” adding that those behind the false allegation against Jonathan were disappointed by his peaceful disposition towards the defeat during the last presidential election against their false prediction on dismemberment of the nation.

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