It was gathered that the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD), on Monday said that it has full evidence of the former Special Adviser, Kingsley Kuku’s Amnesty Office loan from the Foundation.
On Monday Kuku through his attorney as reported by some national dailies denied receiving any loan from FYD as claimed by its Chairman, Hon. Chibudom Nwuche.
A statement by the Media Adviser to FYD, Ike Anyaduba, in Abuja said that the Foundation has “read with amusement the denial from Kingsley Kuku that he never requested and collected loans of N2.8bn from FYD to purportedly pay stipends to ex-militants and stakeholders during his tenure as Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs.
It noted that “with the plethora of proof of these requests and payments it is hard to attempt to deny so blatantly and rather accuse FYD Chairman Hon. Chibudom Nwuche of owing the Amnesty Programme the said sums.
It said that FYD has sued for the full recovery of these moneys from Kuku, as “it later learned that he may have indeed diverted the loans to personal use and escaped the country without proper handover of these and other liabilities he may have incurred whilst serving as SA.”
It also said that several other contractors, “as we now realize, were allegedly duped in similar fashion but are too afraid to come out to the open.”
It said that prior to “these last contracts, FYD had successfully executed several projects for the Amnesty programme without a hitch.”
The statement added, “We have our Chairman’s full support to prosecute this matter to its logical conclusion as he has nothing to hide, and to fully support the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government and expose persons who use their official positions to defraud innocent contractors and service providers, believing there will be no evidence against them.
Hon. Nwuche has had a distinguished and unblemished career in both the public and private sectors.
“Why would an organization he chairs lie against Kingsley Kuku and the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme?
“It is now obvious that FYD made a grave mistake in trusting and believing that Kuku was as committed, as we were, to resolving the Niger Delta crisis and assisting in whatever way possible to stabilize the region, hence our granting the loans.
“We challenge Kuku to return to Nigeria to answer to the various cases of fraud and embezzlement currently hanging on his neck. FYD would not have bothered to respond to the ranting of a fugitive but we need to put the records straight for the benefit of the public.”