Ekweremadu denies 'pocketing’ of N8bn by Committee on Constitution Review

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has categorically denied the insinuations that members of the Constitution amendment Committee of the 7th Senate, pocketed N8 billion.
Ekweremadu, who was chairman of the committee during the last Senate, says the claims that public funds was pocketed, is ‘a figment of the imagination of those behind the report.’
This was disclosed in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu on Sunday.
He said it became necessary to clarify the misinformation following a report by an online medium that members of the National Assembly Constitution Amendment Committee pocketed N8 billion in a failed constitution amendment exercise.
“The Office of the Deputy Senate President wishes to state categorically that there was no ‘pocketing’ of N8 billion by members of the Committee on Constitution Review in the 7th Senate chaired by Senator Ekweremadu.
“Such fathom pocketing of public funds is a figment of the imagination of the peddlers and their paymasters. For emphasis, the Senate Committee on Constitution Review does not have any account domiciled with the Guaranty Trust Bank as alleged by the report.
“For clarity, constitution amendment as an expenditure item is covered by the Appropriation Act of each year and disbursed by the appropriate bureaucracy of the National Assembly for the purpose it was appropriated in accordance with extant rules,” the statement said.
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