Andy Uba denies involvement in James Ibori's $15m loot

The Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District of Anambra State and former Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Special Duties, Senator Andy Uba, has denied any involvement in the $15 million Ibori bribe saga.

In an affidavit filed along with an application at the federal high court in Abuja on Wednesday, a self acclaimed business man, Chibuike Achigbu had claimed ownership of the alleged $15 million bribe money, stating that he had given the money to Andy Uba for verification by the EFCC and ultimately to assist the PDP in the 2007 elections. 

He had also stated in his affidavit that Uba had agreed to testify confirming the facts contained in his submission before the court. The move, many saw as a surreptitious move by Uba to claim the controversial money which is already being contested with the federal government by the Delta state government in court.

In a statement issued by his aide, Mr. Chike Okeke, in Abuja, yesterday, Uba said “When I was in the presidency, my house in the Villa was a convenient place for many top people in Nigeria to come. Probably, Chief Ibori didn’t want to go to the EFCC office to hand over the money and so decided to use my house.

“All I know about this matter is that Chief James Ibori brought some money to the then EFCC chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu. The details of the transaction were undisclosed to me at the time. The money was handed to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu who invited his then Director of Operations, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, to fetch it. I was never a party to the transaction between Ibori and Ribadu.

“That my house was used as the venue for the transaction is not in question as an affidavit to that effect has been sworn to by the current EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, which is probably the point of confusion. I hereby state unequivocally that I have no involvement in this matter beyond that stated above. So, I’m not involved and will not be involved in this matter. Nobody should drag me into it please.”