ThisDay reports that former President Goodluck Jonathan has gone into exile in Côte d’Ivoire following threats by the EFCC to arrest him on his return from his overseas tour on grounds of corruption and misappropriation of funds.
Sources close to the ex-president, claim that he has been in Côte d’Ivoire since last week. The reports of the arrest does not come as a shock as the EFCC has arrested some top associates of his while he was still in office over alleged money laundering, misappropriation of funds, contract scams especially those linked to the purchase of arms to be used for war against the Boko Haram insurgents.
A source who spoke to ThisDay said the former President was warned by security operatives about the lingering arrest as soon as he returns to the country. The source added that Jonathan contacted a few West African leaders including the President of Cote d’Iviore, Alassane Outtara, who offered him a safe haven in his country.
Sources close to the President said once the information of the pending arrest on GEJ got to Niger Delta, Ijaw militants have stepped up their attacks on oil and gas installments in the area.