A former special adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, summoned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on allegations of fraud, has said he will not respond immediately to the invitation for health reasons.
PREMIUM TIMES understands that Kingsley Kuku, who was Mr. Jonathan’s adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, and two others, are wanted by the EFCC over allegation of embezzlement and fraudulent diversion of funds running into hundreds of millions of Naira.
Details of the allegations were not immediately available, but there have been concerns that the amnesty programme of the last administration was fraught with massive corruption.
Mr. Kuku, our source said, was directed to appear before a team of interrogators at the EFCC office on Tuesday, July 28.
However, Mr. Kuku has informed the EFCC that the earliest possible date he would honour the invitation is September 30, as he is currently in the United States for medical care.
A letter by Mr. Kuku’s lawyers to the EFCC said the former presidential aide was undergoing surgery on one of his knees.
“Our client is currently in the United States of America to, keep appointment with his doctors at the Andrew Sports, medicine and ‘Orthopaedic Centre LLC for surgery on one of his knees.
“He is expected back in Nigeria at the end of September, 2015 after the surgery and recuperation,” the letter, dated July 24, stated.
The lawyers assured that Mr. Kuku will report to the EFCC as a “law abiding citizen” by 10.am on September 30.