Senator Hope Uzodinma (Imo West, APC) has been arrested by operatives of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property.
The Chairman of the panel, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, who confirmed this on Monday, said Uzodinma was arrested on Sunday at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, was wanted over a breach of contract.
He said a company belonging to Uzodinma was awarded a $12m contract by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for the dredging of Calabar channel but did not execute the contract.
Obono-Obla said the arrest became necessary following the refusal of the Imo West Senator to honour 12 invitation letters sent to him through the Clerk of the National Assembly since 2017 when the panel began the investigation.
“We have written at least 12 letters to him through the clerk of the National Assembly in accordance with their procedure. He has shunned all our invitations and he has been very evasive”, Obona-Obla said.