Edo Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Osaze Osemwingie-Ero, was said to be under arrest in France on suspicion of laundering $2m, believed to belong to the state since November.
Report had also drawn Gov. Godwin Obaseki into the matter claiming Osemwingie-Ero was laundering the said sum on behalf of his principal when he was caught.
Reacting to the report of his active participation in the rumoured act, Gov. Obaseki in a statement his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, released, said he was unclear as to what happened to the Commission for Tourism but if at all he was arrested he (Obaseki) has no connection with the said crime.
The statement read: “We learnt about the alleged arrest of the Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Commissioner, Hon. Osaze Osemwingie-Ero, from unreliable sources on social media and we are unable to confirm either the alleged arrest or what might have led to it.
“But we can confirm without equivocation that whatever the issues might be, they are totally personal and have nothing whatsoever to do with the Edo State Government or Obaseki.”