Femi Oyelola Kaduna
The Counsel to the senator representing Delta North in the National Assembly, Senator Peter Nwaobochi, Barrister Muhammad Sani Katu has refuted allegation for order of his arrest by a Magistrate Court sitting in Abuja.
He stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
The allegation stated that the court ordered for his arrest over failure to honour the invitation by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, but the Barrister Katu described such development as a calculated attempt by “mischief makers” to tarnish the senators Image.
“The attention of distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, the senator reprepresenting Delta North in the National Assembly, has been drawn to media reports that the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property has secured a court order for his arrest.”
The purported order for the arrest of the senator according to the reports was for his alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy, diversion of public funds and official corruption, the Katu said in his statement.
He continued : “In the unbalanced and biased media report, the authors claimed that the order for the arrest of Senator Peter Nwaobochi , dated September 18,2018 was issued by a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, and signed by one Akanni Olaide, the Chief District Judge II, Federal Capital Territory.”
The counsel, however, described the report as “totally false,” as it was written in bad faith to smear the image of the senator.
He urged the general public to disregard the information, saying: “ No such order for the arrest of Senator Peter Nwaobochi was given by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property on the said date.
“For the records, the panel had on the 7th day of September invited Senator Nwaobochi to appear before it on September 17, 2018 to answer some questions over a petition written against him on alleged corruption and abuse of office.
“Having received the letter, Senator Nwaobochi being a law abiding citizen Nigeria, through his lawyers, wrote to the Panel, requesting for a new date due to unavoidable circumstances. In his letter , he agreed to appear before the panel on September 27, 2018, a copy of which was signed and acknowledged by the panel,” he concluded.