- Samson Omale
Former Abia State Governor, T.A Orji Took N500M Monthly As Security Vote-EFCC
A former Governor of Abia, Sen. Theodore Orji, was, on Thursday, arrested by operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Spokesperson of EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, stated that the former governor, who had been on the commission’s watch list, was intercepted at Nnamdi International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission later released the former Abia State Governor who denied that he was being detained.
Senator Orji claimed that the EFCC officials only accosted him as he was on his way to London for a routine medical check up in London.
The EFCC said it has asked Orji to report at the EFCC headquarters again on Friday for the continuation of his interrogation.
He said that Orji was later taken to the commission’s headquarters for continuation of his interrogation.
Spokesperson of EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren was quoted as saying “He is being quizzed alongside his son, Chinedu, the current Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, who turned himself in this afternoon upon learning of the arrest of his father.
“Orji and his sons, Chinedu and Ogbonna, are under investigation by EFCC for offences bordering on misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.
“The ex-governor is alleged to have collected N500 million monthly as security vote for eight years, as governor of Abia State between 2007 and 2015.
“Other issues relate to the alleged mismanagement of N2 billion ecological fund and conversion of Sure-P funds,” he said