The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Chibudom Nwuche for an alleged N5.6bn contract scam.
He was arrested after responding to an EFCC invitation on Monday to appear before the agency’s office in Abuja. Nwuche served at the lower legislative chamber between 1999 and 2003.
Also, Nwuche has served as the Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party under the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. He is allegedly to have gotten three contracts from the Kingsley Kuku-led Presidential Amnesty Office.
According to information released by EFCC detectives, Nwuche, who had since defected to the All Progressives Congress, allegedly helped Kuku to launder N2.8bn under the guise of sending ex-militants for training in 2012.
According to Punch, a source at the commission said: “Nwuche is being investigated over an alleged N5.6bn contract which his company, Foundation For Youth Development, allegedly received from the Kingsley Kuku-led Presidential Amnesty Office.
“He allegedly got three contracts from the Amnesty Office in 2012 for the training of ex-agitators in Malaysia. Up till now, nothing was done about the contract yet, he collected N2.8bn,” an investigator said.
According to the detective, the money was allegedly laundered through some companies, individuals and bureau de change operators back to Kuku, through a front who is also being investigated by the EFCC.
As at 8pm on Monday, Nwuche was still being quizzed by detectives. The EFCC is still investigating Kuku, who was a Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs.
Kuku has since gone to the United States and has refused to honour EFCC invitation for questioning sometime last year because of their new approach of arresting those who they invite for questioning which has been widely condemned by judges.
In a letter written by his lawyers, the former aide said he had a knee surgery and would honour the invitation when he returned from where he was receiving treatment.
However, two of Kuku’s ex-aides, Henry Ugbolue and Lawrence Pepple, have been arraigned on two separate charges bordering on criminal conspiracy, false declaration of asset and fraudulent acquisition of property to the tune of N55m.