Nigerian senator and former governor, Theodore Orji and his son has been intercepted by Anti graft agency over an alleged froud of 500billion. .
Though, Orji had for long been on the Commission’s watch list, was intercepted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 10am today, and driven to the headquarters of the Economic and financial crime commission in Abuja.
He is said to be in the anti graft custody alongside son, Chinedu kalu, the current Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, who turned himself in this afternoon upon learning of the arrest of his father.
Orji, a current senator, and his sons, Chinedu and Ogbonna, have for months been under EFCC investigation for alleged misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.
The ex-governor is alleged to have received N500million monthly as security vote for eight years as governor of Abia between 2007 and 2015.
Other allegations against him concerned alleged mismanagement of N2billion Ecological Fund and mismanagement of Sure-P funds.
The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the detention of the former governor and his Speaker son. Uwujaren, however, declined further comments.
The anti graft Agency had in February 2020 interrogated Orji and his son over allegations that they diverted N521billion public funds.
The investigation followed a petition dated March 17, 2017, filed by a group, Fight Corruption: Save Nigeria Group.
The petitioners had accused Mr Orji of diverting ”N383 billion revenue from the Federation Account, N55 billion Excess Crude revenue, N2.3 billion Sure-P revenue, N1.8 billion ecological funds, N10.5 billion loan, N12 billion Paris Club refund, N2 billion agricultural loan, and N55 billion ASOPADEC money while in office.”
According to the petition, the N500 million the former governor allegedly withdrew monthly was “not part of the security funds expended on the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Army, DSS, Navy anti-Kidnapping Squad, anti-robbery Squad, purchase of Security equipment and vehicles for the security agencies. It is really embarrassing as people entrusted with positions keep amassing wealth for themselves and family without considering the poor masses.
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