By Dapo Akinrefon
THE family of a former House of Representatives member, Nze Chidi Duru has dismissed media reports that the former lawmaker was an armed robber describing the report as a lie fabricated to tarnish his (Duru’s) image.
Recall that Duru, who is Vice Chairman of First Guarantee Pensions Limited was arrested following an accusation by the National Pension Commission that the former lawmaker, in the company of some armed men in police uniform, stormed First Guarantee Pension office and ordered its management staff out.
In a statement, the Duru Family said the accusation of armed robbery against the former lawmaker was as an act of extreme provocation.
The statement said: “The attention of the Duru family has been drawn to the false and malicious information currently circulating to the effect that our son and brother, Nze Chidi Duru was purportedly arrested for armed robbery.
“We wish to state without equivocation that this accusation is an outright lie which was fabricated to tarnish his image.
“It is the work of his detractors who are bent on forcefully seizing First Guarantee Pensions Limited, a company which Nze Chidi Duru founded.
“This most recent trumped up accusation of armed robbery is the latest desperate effort by an errant regulator and their cohorts to undermine the enforcement of valid court judgement and specific directives of the Attorney General of the Federation.
“We consider this development as an act of extreme provocation but remain confident in and faithful in our belief that darkness cannot triumph over light.
“Our lawyers are already challenging this injustice and misuse of state power while continuing to seek redress through the appropriate institutions of the Nigerian State.”