BY Jimitota Onoyume
Port Harcourt— Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr Chibuzor Ugwoha, has denied media reports that he was detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC.
Ugwoha said that contrary to the reports in the media, he was only invited by the anti-graft agency, the way any public officer would be invited.
His media aide, Mr Abraham Agbodo, said Ugwoha was never arrested and granted administrative bail as alleged, adding that he (Ugwoha) left Lagos where he delivered a paper on Our social contract with the Niger Delta, to honour the invitation by the Commission.
“He was never arrested or detained and later released on bail as claimed by the reports. Who stood for the bail? I heard they later said it was an administrative bail,” Agbodo said.
He added that Ugwoha merely went to answer questions the anti-graft body wanted him to reply to after which he left.
He said that they were surprised to hear that some persons were still battling to make an issue out of the fund belonging to the Commission, which the MD transferred from one foreign account to another for the sole purpose of safe keeping.
“He had explained several times that the money lodged in foreign accounts were moved from one bank to another to safe guard the money because the bank where it was initially lodged was facing serious challenges.”
As we talk, the account it was moved to was not interest yielding and nothing had been withdrawn from it.”