I have no hand in alleged N35bn arms procurement scam: Prince Kayode

Posted by News Express | 3 March 2020 | 597 times

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Former Attorney General of the Federation, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN), has denied news reports alleging his involvement in arms procurement scam under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The report had alleged that a sum of N35 billion arm contract was diverted out of which a contractor alleged he gave $240,000 to Mike Oghiadome Jnr to give his father and Prince Kayode.

However, a statement signed by Tunji Salawu Esq. and issued in Abuja, described the report as unfounded and false. The rejoinder reads in part: “It is on record that Mr Oghiadome Jnr has consistently refused any suggestion that he took any money from the contractor and that he never gave any money to Prince Kayode. Also, the mix-up in the narrative of the contractor is glaring. As a minister, Prince Kayode had no hand in the processing of contracts-that is the turf of the Tenders Board. Approval is by the President. Two, Prince Kayode was not the Defence Minister when the alleged contract was issued. Kayode was the 8th Minister in 9 years between 2002 and 2011. He left office in 2011.

“It is expected that the media should have asked for his reaction before publication. This regrettably was not done. The public must discountenance this baseless allegation. Prince Kayode never collected any money from any contractor on any defence contract. Please keep him out of any smear campaign.”

•Ex-Minister, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN)

Source: News Express

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