FRAUD: The panel is accusing Mr. Nwaoboshi of fraudulent acquisition of properties and embezzlement of contracts that sum up to about N3.48 billion among others.
The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property has secured a warrant for arrest against embattled Delta senator Peter Nwaoboshi for alleged conspiracy, diversion of public funds, and official corruption.
A Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, issued the warrant dated September 18 and signed by Akanni Olaide, the Chief District Judge II, FCT.
Spokesperson of the panel, Lucie-Ann Laha, made a copy of the warrant available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
The serving PDP senator representing Delta North is alleged to have illegally acquired houses, estates, and a company all worth billions of Naira in Asaba, the Delta capital.
According to the panel, he used stolen public funds to acquire a house in Apapa, Lagos, and another property in London that has yet to be identified.
Mr. Nwaoboshi is said to have committed the alleged offenses while serving as a commissioner in Delta State.
The panel disclosed that it launched an investigation into the case, following a tip-off by a whistle-blower.
It is said that the decision to seek the arrest warrant followed the “refusal” of the lawmaker and “the other owners” of the identified property to honor its invitation.
When NAN contacted Mr. Nwaoboshi on the phone for a reaction, a male voice answered the call, saying that the senator was never invited by the panel.
“Tell the panel to show you evidence of the invitation they claim to have extended to the distinguished senator.
“There has to be something to show that they invited him and he refused to honor them,” the recipient who refused to identify himself said.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is currently prosecuting the lawmaker in a Federal High Court in Lagos for the alleged N805 million fraud.