A close aide of the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan (name withheld) may have put himself in trouble over a financial scam amounting to £1 million involving a United Kingdom based foreign public relations firm.
The close aide, according to reports, had flouted the order issued to him by President Jonathan to pay the sum of money to the PR Firm contracted to assist in laundering the President’s image in Nigeria and some European Countries before the last presidential election.
Indications to this emerged from a petition filed by the Company against the aide of the President with allegation that the money meant to have been paid into its account for the job it executed, had been diverted.
The PR firm is purporting to file the petition before one of Nigeria’s anti-graft agencies in order to facilitate the recovery of the money it was owed.
The petition had indicated that on December 29, 2014, President Jonathan directed the aide to pay the some of £1 million to the PR Company at a meeting he held with its representatives in the presence of the aide at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park lane London.
It hinted that the meeting between the President and the Company’s representatives took place in the presence of few other witnesses in which case, the aide was directed to pay the foreign firm the sum of £ 1 million for the job it executed in Nigeria and some European countries with immediate effect.
The petition pointed to ample evidence including CCTV footage, phone calls log and email exchanges indicating that the PR firm was directed to do a Public Relations job for the President to shore up his international image ahead of the last Presidential election, while the job was executed as designed.
The Firm, in the petition, averred that the action by the aide of the President amounted to a criminal breach of trust involving the swindling of a reputable foreign firm, a development it said has the tendency to dent the image of the out going President as he prepares to leaves the office.
The foreign firm has, however, revealed its plan to liaise with the Scotland Yard and other law enforcement agencies in Europe to put the President’s aide and his family members on a watch list to facilitate his arrest any time he travels out of Nigeria.
The petition read in part, “We are convinced beyond reasonable doubts that the conduct of the presidential aide is likely to undermine the reputation and image of Mr Jonathan in the eyes of the international community”
Efforts to get the close aide of the President for reaction proved abortive as several messages and calls placed to him hit brick-walls, while he failed to respond”.