By CHARLES KUMOLU
A FORMER Ambassador to the United States of America, Prof George Obiozor has dismissed reports linking him to the alleged missing $27 million from the sale of Nigerian property in the United States.
He also said the sale of the property was part of the official assignments to the Embassy during his tenure from May 2004 to July 2007.
Obiozor, who said this in a statement, noted that the sale of the property was duly authorized by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, adding that various authorizations were duly conveyed by the then Minister of Foreign of Affairs, Ambassador Olu Adeniji and then Permanent Secretary, Ambassador, Nwadibia Anyanwu.
His words: ‘’Like other responsibilities, this assignment was executed by the Embassy under my supervision with strict adherence to due process applicable to a diplomatic mission, relevant home country/host country regulations, accountability and directives from appropriate authorities.’’
He further noted that a special account was opened as directed by the Federal Government into which the proceeds were deposited.
“As at the date of my departure from Washington D.C. in July 2007 to return to Nigeria at the end of my tour of duty, the special account remained intact,” he added.
Recently, the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs summoned Obiozor following a petition by a non-governmental organization, Transform Nigeria Movement, claiming misappropriation of funds by officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington D.C.