The Special Presidential Investigation Panel For Recovery of Public Property said, it on Sunday arrested the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
Chairman of the panel, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla said in a short message sent to our correspondent on Sunday that the panel arrested Uzodinma, the senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, over the failure of his company to execute a contract of $12m for the dredging of Calabar channel.
According to the panel’s chairman, the contracted was awarded by Nigerian Ports Authority.
Obono-Obla said Uzodinma had been evading arrest for about a year but was arrested at about 8.20pm at the Abuja airport while arriving from Lagos.
The statement read, “This evening at about 8.20pm operatives of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel For Recovery of Public Property at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport arrested the APC governorship candidate in Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, while returning from an Air Peace P47324 flight from Lagos.
“The panel is investigating of economic sabotage against Senator Uzodinma arising out of the failure of his company to execute a contract of $12m for the dredging of Calabar channel awarded by NPA .
“He has been evading all invitations of the Panel over one year.”