The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, can heave a sigh of relief.

His freedom which was temporarily taken away from him on Sunday has been restored.

Uzodinma was arrested by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property Sunday night over an allegation of failure to execute a contract of $12m for the dredging of Calabar channel for which he had been paid.

The Chairman of the panel, Okoi Obono-Obla, said Uzodinma, who was arrested on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja from Lagos Sunday night, had been released on bail.

Obono-Obla said the serving senator representing Imo-West was released on Sunday on “humanitarian grounds” on the condition that he would return to the panel for questioning on Monday.

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Obono-Obla said, “This is the message from the Director of Operations of the Panel, DCP Tahir Usman, to me: ‘Good day sir, Hope Uzodimma called to apologise and said he would like to come tomorrow (Tuesday) due to his BP (Blood Pressure), Sir.’

“We released him on bail last night (Sunday) on humanitarian ground and asked him to report back today (Monday) at 10am.

“When he didn’t come, my operatives laid siege to his residence, then he pleaded with us to allow him see his doctor and report tomorrow (Tuesday).”

He added, “We are determined and unrelenting to get into the matter. The Calabar channel dredging project has been a conduit through which huge sums of money have been diverted.”

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