A Sahara Reporters story has accused Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and some unnamed leaders of the House of Representatives from the time he was speaker, of receiving N1 billion from Chibudom Nwuche in order to inflate the budget of the Amnesty Office.
Nwuche, who is a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, won a contract from the Amnesty Office to train some ex-militants but reportedly needed the extra billion in order to make Tambuwal approve the inflated budget of the Amnesty Office.
The report said that Tambuwal accepted the bribe and passed the padded budget. Nwuche was reportedly paid half of the N4 billion approved budget for his contract but absconded with the funds without making arrangements for the trainings.
Tambuwal has refuted the report.
“The story, as it relates to Tambuwal, is false, mischievous, and without basis,” said the Sokoto governor in a statement signed by his media aide Imam Imam.
Tambuwal denied ever engaging in legislative, political, administrative or business relationship with Nwuche or Kingsley Kuku, the former Head of the Amnesty Office, who was also mentioned in the story and is currently on the run from justice.
“Nwuche left the House of Representatives in 2003, the same year Tambuwal was elected into the National Assembly,” Imam said. “He was not in the House of Representatives when Nwuche was in the House.”
The Sokoto governor argued that he had a frosty relationship with Nigeria’s Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and his allies which include Nwuche and Kuku.
“Speaker Tambuwal could not have had dealings with people who considered him antagonistic to the aspiration of their benefactor (Jonathan).
“There is no iota of truth in the story as it relates to Governor Tambuwal,” he said.