President Muhammadu Buhari has denied freezing the accounts of former president Goodluck Jonathan as was claimed by some Bayelsa youths in a recent protest. Punch reports that Buhari made the clarification on Friday, October 7 in a statement through presidential spokesman Garba Shehu. According to Shehu, there was not truth in the report that the presidency froze Jonathan’s accounts because the president was committed to justice and not dealing in vendetta.
The statement reads in part, “The allegation by demonstrators in Bayelsa State on Thursday that allowances due to a former president have been stopped and his bank accounts frozen is patently untrue. “We have confirmed with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation that the former president and 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 SSS Director General 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!