EFCC quizzes ex-Abia gov Theodore Orji, over alleged N27bn loot

Must read

Agriculture Can Alternate Oil To Salvage Nigeria Economy – Commissioner

By Noah Ocheni, Lokoja The Kogi State Commissioner For Agriculture, Mr David Apeh on Monday in Lokoja warned that...

FG Lobbying For Covid-19 Vaccines From Foreign Partners

By Williams Anuku Abuja While advanced nations are looking up to consolidate on the Covid-19 vaccine produced by pharmaceutical...

FG seeks collaboration to win war against child abuse – Dame Tallen

...as Cece Yara child advocacy opens Abuja officeBy Mike ObohTo strengthen the war against child abuse and other related offences, there is...

Insecurity: We need better weapons to fight insurgents – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital advanced the reason why Boko Haram activities...

By Kenneth Atavti

Former Governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji, is currently being interrogated by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, over allegations bordering on money laundering, fraud and embezzlement amounting to N27billion loot.

Nigerian pilot gathered that Orji, who was governor from 2007 to 2015, arrived at the EFCC office in Abuja, along with his lawyer, in a cream long-sleeve Niger outfit popularly referred to as ‘senator.’

Orji, who represents Abia-Central senatorial district at the National Assembly, was invited over allegations that he mismanaged about N27bn.

The invitation, it was learnt, was sequel to a series of petitions written against the former governor shortly after he left office in 2015.

The EFCC was said to have commenced investigation soon after, but was waiting for enough evidence before inviting him.

Among the allegations levelled against the former governor was that he diverted billions of naira disbursed to Abia State by the Central Bank of Nigeria for Small and Medium Enterprise.

The lawmaker was also alleged to have diverted money from the Ecological Fund account, which should have been used in tackling erosion and other disasters peculiar to the state.

The ex-governor allegedly diverted money from the Abia State Oil Producing Development Area Commission, an agency of government set up for the development of the oil producing areas in Abia State

Orji allegedly used the funds to buy properties in Abia, Port Harcourt and Abuja, some of which the EFCC is planning to arraigned him before a Court of competent jurisdiction.

It was learnt that officials from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Central Bank of Nigeria, commercial banks and other agencies had been invited by the EFCC to make statements on the governor’s case.

As of the time of filing this report, he was still said to be at the Commission making statements.

When contacted on the telephone, the acting spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, did not respond to calls.

In a text message, however, he said, “Yes. It is true that we have the former Abia governor with us.

“But I cannot say more than that. When it is time to press charges, we shall do that and the story will be in the media.” He declared.

- Advertisement -

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest article

Agriculture Can Alternate Oil To Salvage Nigeria Economy – Commissioner

By Noah Ocheni, Lokoja The Kogi State Commissioner For Agriculture, Mr David Apeh on Monday in Lokoja warned that...

FG Lobbying For Covid-19 Vaccines From Foreign Partners

By Williams Anuku Abuja While advanced nations are looking up to consolidate on the Covid-19 vaccine produced by pharmaceutical...

FG seeks collaboration to win war against child abuse – Dame Tallen

...as Cece Yara child advocacy opens Abuja officeBy Mike ObohTo strengthen the war against child abuse and other related offences, there is...

Insecurity: We need better weapons to fight insurgents – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital advanced the reason why Boko Haram activities...

UI senate elects Professor Babatunde Ekanola as acting VC

The Senate of the University of Ibadan (UI) on Monday elected the institution’s deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Babatunde Ekanola as Acting Vice...