Senator Peter Nwaoboshi has refuted reports allegedly circulated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), that he was bursted and hounded into the correctional center.
A statement by the Head of the Senator Peter Nwaoboshi Media Team, Philip Elueme, described the reports as “mere propaganda unbecoming of a supposed respectable organisation”.
Elueme stated that the high ranking Senator representing Delta North Senatorial district, who is also a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC surrendered himself even right from the time of conviction by the Appeal Court, even as he was not in court when convicted, “which in itself is legally perverse.”
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Elueme also noted that the anti graft agency chose to play to the gallery by misrepresenting facts to drive home its vendetta against a “law abiding gentleman and lawmaker for that matter” with intent to disparage him by dispensing falsehood to create wrong impression in unsuspecting members of the public.
Recall that, the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos had convicted the Senator on a 2-count charge on July 1, 2022 on the heels of the judgement delivered by Justice Chukwujeku Aneke, of the Federal High Court Lagos which discharge and acquitted him on the same counts brought against him by the anti graft agency.
The allegations border on a N322 million naira money laundering allegation, contrary to 850 million naira being bandied by the agency, Elueme said.
“The distinguished Senator and two others filed appeal at the supreme court, Abuja, against the judgement of the court of Appeal, which is still pending.”
However, as against the claim by the EFCC that it arrested the Senator from his hidden place, the Media team holds that the Senator shortly after his conviction surrendered himself to the Ikoyi Correctional Centre but was refused entry by the authority on the ground that the Service was not in possession of his detention warrant from the court.
Thereafter, Elueme stressed further that, the embattled Senator who is the Chairman of the Senate committee on Niger Delta Affairs, went again but for the second time was refused entry into the custodial centre due to same reason maintaining that the statement issued and signed by Uwujaren was in bad light and ill conceived as Nwaoboshi did not evade detention at any time.
“Could he have gone into the correctional facility without a duly procured detention warrant or defiantly imprison himself?” Elueme stated
According to the statement, Senator Nwaoboshi was admitted to the hospital where he had been receiving treatment and at no time was his whereabout unknown to the EFCC who had visited him there previously, saying, neither has he any intention to evade imprisonment.