Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has been released by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property after he was arrested on Sunday, November 11, 2018 over an allegation of failure to execute a contract of $12 million for the dredging of Calabar channel for which he had been paid.
Speaking on his release, Chairman of the panel, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, said; “Uzodinma, who was arrested on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja from Lagos Sunday night, have been released on bail. He was released on Sunday on “humanitarian grounds” on the condition that he will return to the panel for questioning on Monday.”
“This is the message from the Director of Operations of the Panel, DCP Tahir Usman, to me: ‘Good day sir, Hope Uzodimma called to apologise 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 on Monday at 10am. When he didn’t come, my operatives laid siege to his residence, then he pleaded with us to allow him see his doctor and report on Tuesday.”
“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.”