Gordon Obua, former chief security officer of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, says he is not involved in the alleged inflated contract for the purchase of three 40-feet mobile rostrums pegged at $6.9 million and paid for by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Obua has been named to be involved in the contract, alongisde a former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. A statement by his lawyer, Andrew Itsekiri, on Monday, exonerated Obuah from the deal. The statement claimed Obuah had no link to the firm the stage was contracted to and challenged his accusers to provide evidence he did. The statement also asked the NNPC to name the person or the owner of the company to whom the purported money was paid. Itsekiri said the “media trial” of Obuah was calculated by the government to discredit his client after agencies of government had investigated him and found nothing with which to nail him.
“Our client did not know anything about the purported transactions. He did not initiate any memo to the then presidency. It is a mere cheap blackmail,” Mr. Itsekiri said.
”The authorities have a duty to dispel claims that the whole idea is to hurriedly charge him to court with no single shred of evidence to convict, with the expectation that his innocence can only be established years later, after his reputation would have been irredeemably dented before an unsuspecting public.”
Mr. Itsekiri said the Muhammadu Buhari administration ”would be setting a dangerous precedent by deliberately subjecting innocent people to media trial, knowing clearly that the cases are seriously bereft of facts and evidence, linking such persons to the crimes advertised”.