Reports that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted Senator Chimaroke Nnamani for laundering $41.8 million during his tenure as Enugu governor are fake.
Senator Chimaroke Nnamani clarified this in a statement, Tuesday. Nnamani governed Enugu State from 1999 and 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. He currently represents Enugu-East senatorial zone in the Senate.
The media has been awash with reports of the indictment on him.
Reacting, the senator described the reports as ‘campaign of calumny’. He stated that, “It is a campaign of calumny, intimidation, insults and abuse orchestrated to suppress and diminish my voice. However, my voice will grow louder and more persistent.
“I know my recent position will attract this attack by those who cannot tolerate alternative views. Democracy allows alternative viewpoints. If I cannot express my opinion and take a stand, who will?
“There was no such judgment anywhere, the author of the fake news is a known blackmailer. The story with the Air Peace Airline is still fresh in our memories. I’m not surprised that the author has offered himself as a willing tool for this hatchet job once again.
“I left Enugu State on a solid foundation 15 years ago. The record of our accomplishments is an open book. No amount of mudslinging can rewrite our history.
“I urge our people and Nigerians alike to ignore the mischievous report, sponsored by political foes and professional blackmailers.”
Chimaroke recently made headlines when he was included in the campaign council of the All Progressives Congress’ presidential campaign ahead of the 2023 general elections.