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APC lawmaker denies involvement in illegal arms deal

By Charles Akpeji, Jalingo
04 July 2022   |   4:00 am
Damjuma Shiddi, House of Representatives member for Wukari/Ibi Constituency, has denied his alleged involvement in arms deal.

Damjuma Shiddi, House of Representatives member for Wukari/Ibi Constituency, has denied his alleged involvement in arms deal.

The Chairman, House Committee on Internal Security, said the allegations were geared toward frustrating his political ambition.

Shiddi, who is the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Taraba South was recently accused of transporting a large cache of arms and ammunitions to the southern part of the state.

Security operatives in Ibi Local Council of Taraba reportedly arrested the vehicle used for the transaction.

Also, a soldier and two civilians were allegedly arrested along side the consignments.

Not comfortable with the allegation, which has been circulating in the state, the lawmaker, in a statement in Jalingo, yesterday, described the story as a ploy to tarnish his image.

He viewed the allegation, as an attempt to dissuade him from his ambition of becoming the next senator for Taraba South, adding that the allegation would not hinder him from pursuing his political dream.

His words: “The allegation is the handiwork of those who hate me. I am not unaware that if they have their way, they would have singled me out of the senatorial race to satisfy certain vested interests.

“Their hatred for me has reached boiling point. Instead of licking their wounds privately and gently, having realised my teeming supporters and I are coasting home triumphantly in the best interest of our people, they took their anger and frustration this far to tarnish my personal and public image.”

He admonished his supporters, whom he said the allegation did not go down well with, to remain calm and be focused, as plans to fish out all those peddling such rumours were in the pipeline line.

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