A Federal Judge in New York has ruled that Nigeria can subpoena 10 banks in the United States for information the country needs to prosecute government officials allegedly involved in a bribery connected with P&ID
Engineering and it’s $9bn arbitrary claims.
The Nigerian government had last month asked a court to compel the banks to release account details of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, his wife,Patience, former ministers of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke and Rilwanu Lukman.
The banks listed include Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and New York branches of Deutsche Bank AG and United Bank for Africa Plc.
Nigeria is requesting “all documents concerning any transaction to, from, it for the benefit” of Jonathan and his wife between 2009 and this day.
District Judge, Lorna Schofield, who gave the ruling, ordered the banks to allow the Nigerian Government have access to the account details to enable it prove that the $9.6bn arbitration was obtained by Process and Industrial Development by fraud.