The Senator representing Delta North in the National Assembly, Barrister Peter Nwaoboshi, has raised an alarm that what he is being persecuted for by the Ibrahim Magu, Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is pure business transaction.
Nwaoboshi, who addressed selected journalists in Asaba on Monday, maintained that he would never be muzzled, cowed or intimidated by anybody to keep quiet and betray the leadership of the National Assembly since he did not launder money except that Magu once threatened him.
He disclosed that his persecution by Magu’s EFCC is because of his position and stand at the National Assembly meant to curtail dictatorship in Nigeria, allow rule of law to prevail, sustain our democracy, allow dissenting voices and encourage investors
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, maintained that the issue that led to his being arrested, detained and arraigned in the court by EFCC, has nothing to do with fraud and corruption,
“If anybody thinks he can muzzle me or cow me, he is wasting his time because I can never be cowed, I can never be intimidated and I believe that justice will be done; I believe in God and I will be vindicated at the end.
“I want you to be upright in your report. I never laundered money; I am a pure business man. My company is paying the loan, servicing it. When we finish the matter, Nigerians will know whether money borrowed from bank and guaranteed is a laundered one,” he assured.
Meanwhile, the Founder and President of the Anti-Corruption Crusaders and Integrity Forum, Prince Kpokpogri disagreed with Nwaoboshi, insisting that the EFCC is seriously investigating Senator Nwaoboshi and obtaining documents on all the contracts he had influenced to himself and cronies from NDDC, insisting that no amount of running or diabolical threats would save him from the long arm of the law.
Kpokpogri, originator of the petition to EFCC, however, posited that as an anti-corruption crusader, his group would do everything possible to ensure that the trial of Nwaoboshi is judiciously prosecuted, adding that any attempt to cover up the sins of Nwaoboshi would be resisted.
According to Kpokpogri, “The case is at its first stage, starting that with the controversial purchase of the Guinea House from Delta State Government, using his company – Suiming – to front.
“Other cases linking another of his company – Bilderberg are coming, including his alleged dubious dealings in NDDC using his position as the Senate Committee Chairman on NDDC and the detailed contracts and IOC.”