Breaking: EFCC arrests ex-governor at airport, detains him, son

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EFCC arrests ex-governor at the airport, detains him, son.

EFCC arrests ex-governor Theodore Orji at airport, detains him, son

, a former governor of Abia State, was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday.

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The ex-governor, who had been on the EFCC’s radar for some time, was apprehended at the Nnamdi International Airport in Abuja around 10 a.m. and driven to the EFCC’s Abuja headquarters.

He is being interrogated alongside his son, Chinedu, the current speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, who surrendered this afternoon after learning of his father’s arrest. He was taken into custody right away.

Mr Orji, a current senator, and his sons, Chinedu and Ogbonna, have been under investigation by the EFCC for months for alleged public funds misappropriation and money laundering.

Between 2007 and 2015, the ex-governor is said to have received N500 million per month as a security vote during his eight years as governor of Abia.

Other charges levelled against him included alleged mismanagement of the N2 billion Ecological Fund and Sure-P funds.

Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesman for the EFCC, confirmed the detention of the former governor and his Speaker son. Mr Uwujaren, on the other hand, remained silent.

Mr Orji and his son were interrogated by the EFCC in February 2020 over allegations that they diverted N521 billion in public funds.

, a former governor of Abia State,
, a former governor of Abia State,
The investigation was prompted by a petition filed by the Fight Corruption: Save Nigeria Group on March 17, 2017.

 

Mr Orji was accused by the petitioners of diverting “N383 billion from the Federation Account, N55 billion from excess crude, N2.3 billion from Sure-P, N1.8 billion from ecological funds, N10.5 billion from a loan, N12 billion from a Paris Club refund, N2 billion from an agricultural loan, and N55 billion from ASOPADEC money while in office.”

According to the petition, the N500 million that the former governor allegedly withdrew every month was “not part of the security funds expended on the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, DSS, Navy anti-kidnapping squad, anti-robbery squad, purchase of security equipment and vehicles for the security agencies.”

The petitioners also accused Mr Orji’s son, Chinedu, of having over 100 bank accounts.

They claimed that the corporate and individual accounts received “so much deposit in cash without evidence of job or services rendered.”

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