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Senator Hope Uzodinma Shuns Presidential Investigation Panel

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The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma shunned the invitation to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property hours after he was released by the presidency on health grounds. The Senator was expected to appear before the panel on Tuesday, November 13, over the alleged failure of his company to execute a contract of 12 million dollars for the dredging of Calabar Port channel. Spokesperson of the panel, Ms Lucie-Ann Laha, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja late on Tuesday after a long wait by the panel’s officials and newsmen for the senator. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Uzodinma was on Sunday, November 11, arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by the police at the instance of the panel. He was arrested in connection of a case on alleged failure of his company to execute a contract of 12 million dollars for the dredging of Calabar Port channel. He was released same day after an interrogation session with officials of the panel, who released him and directed that he should return on Tuesday for the continuation of the probe. An earlier statement by chairman of the panel, Dr. Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, said that Uzodinma had been evading arrest for about a year. “The panel is investigating economic sabotage against Senator Uzodinma arising out of the failure of his company to execute a contract of 12 million dollars for the dredging of Calabar channel awarded by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA),” the statement said,“We released him on bail last night (Sunday) on humanitarian ground and asked him to report back today (Monday) at 10am,”  chairman said. Obono-Obla said his operatives “laid siege to his residence, then he pleaded with us to allow him see his doctor and report tomorrow (Tuesday). Photo Credit: Getty

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