The Presidency has denied allegation by demonstrators in Bayelsa State on Thursday that allowances due to former leader Goodluck Jonathan have been stopped.
Presidency spokesperson Shehu Garba on Friday late afternoon said its was patently untrue.
” We have confirmed with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) that the former President Goodluck Jonathan, and the other past leaders were paid their allowances up to the second quarter.
He also said though the past leaders have not been paid third quarter allowances but will get their dues when remittances are received by the SGF. Garba, also denied the story of Goodluck Jonathan’s bank account closure, saying it was 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.” ”With all of these agencies not being involved, how then could a thing like that happen? In a dream perhaps!” To put it starkly, we believe there is a clear motive for the demonstration that is different from that which was being canvassed.
Commercial activities were on Thursday crippled in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital as hundreds of Ijaw youths blocked the Sanni Abacha expressway, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, to protest alleged constant harassment of the former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They displayed Ijaw flags and placards with inscriptions such as “Leave Patience Jonathan alone”, “LNG must be bought by Bonny people”, “If you must probe, all First Ladies must be probed”, “We need projects not soldiers”, “unfreeze Jonathan’s account”, among others.