The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Senator Hope Uzodinma has been temporarily released by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property. The Senator was arrested on Sunday night over allegations of failing to execute a contract of $12 million dollars for the dredging of the Calabar channel.
The Chairman of the panel, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, in a statement to news agencies, said that the Senator, who was arrested on Sunday night, has been released on bail. Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, said the Senator representing Imo West, was released based on “humanitarian grounds” on the condition that he would return to face the panel on Monday for further questioning.
Obono- Obla said, “This is the message from the Director of Operations of the Panel, DCP Tahir Usman, to me: ‘Good day sir, Hope Uzodimma called to apologize and said he would like to come tomorrow ( Tuesday ) due to his BP ( Blood Pressure), Sir .’
“We released him on bail last night ( Sunday) on humanitarian ground and asked him to report back today ( Monday ) at 10 am.
“When he didn’t come, my operatives laid siege to his residence, then he pleaded with us to allow him to see his doctor and report on Tuesday.”
He added, “ We are determined and unrelenting to get into the matter. The Calabar channel dredging project has been a conduit through which huge sums of money have been diverted .”
Obono-Obla had said on Sunday that Uzodinma was arrested over the senator company’s failure to execute a contract of $ 12 m for the dredging of Calabar channel.