Former Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, has cleared the air on the allegation that he smuggled a stolen luxury car to the United States of America.
There had been reports that the US customs impounded the vehicle allegedly smuggled by the former minister on the suspicion of being stolen.
Reacting, spokesman to Kachikwu, Prince Harrison, disclosed that the vehicle was cleared after there was no proof that it was stolen.
He added that his principal purchased the car in Lagos and fully paid for the vehicle.
He wrote, “The attention of Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has been drawn to a false, patently misleading, and frivolous publication by an online news medium. The publication which alleged that the former Minister smuggled a stolen jaguar car to the US is not only absurd but manifestly untrue. For the avoidance of doubt, it is expedient to set the record straight.
“Sometime in 2009, Dr Kachikwu bought a Jaguar car from Dazz Motors Nigeria Ltd, Victoria Island, Lagos. The Managing Director then was Emmanuel Jack. The car was fully paid for.”
“After using the car for some years, it was gifted to a relation in the United States of America (USA) and following due local customs processes, the car was shipped to the US. However, on arrival, the car was impounded by the US Customs on suspicion of being a stolen car and for emission control Infringement as cars with European and African emission control specifications cannot be used in the US.”
“The car was therefore released to Dr Kachikwu. The dealer was also not prosecuted for want of sufficient evidence.”
“The car was subsequently returned to the dealer in Nigeria and refunds were made to Dr Kachikwu. There is therefore nothing done wrong by Dr Kachikwu. If anything like the US customs determined, he was an innocent victim. These are the facts.”