A top government source, quoting intelligence reports, told PT that it had now been established that some of the oil installations bombed in the Niger Delta had actually been mined while GEJ was in power, just before the 2015 election, by some of the militants and operatives known to be very close to him.
The source said: “The mining was meant to be a “Plan B should they be removed from Aso Rock. The plan then was to cause confusion if the 2015 presidential election did not go as expected.
However, when GEJ surprisingly conceded defeat, there was both disappointment and confusion in their camp, causing a suspension of the agenda. But by February, 2016, the plan was reopened as several of the backers were getting investigated on different corruption cases.
GEJ himself was concerned that himself and his wife could be prosecuted, including on money-laundering charges where investigators said evidence against the wife has already been amassed. It was at that point that the bombing activities under the banner of the Niger Delta Avengers started.
Their backers and sponsors are said to include GEJ, his wife, Tompolo, Kinglsey Kuku and Olisa Metuh among others. The mining was done by some of the militants that GEJ trained under the amnesty programme, and those who acquired the needed expertise, besides their knowledge of the Niger Delta creeks and terrain.
In addition to the mined installations, intelligence reports also stated that the NDA and their backers and operatives also had the capacity to dive in and out of water to damage and bomb the installations, adding that the FG had drawn up the full list of all those that were trained and equipped in those skills under the Amnesty Programme.
The game plan of GEJ and his associates was to cause enough economic damage in order to force Pres. Buhari to pursue a political solution to the corruption cases on which investigations were already advancing against them. This is to avoid prosecution and the attendant unprecedented shame of having a former president go to jail.”