N108.1bn fraud: I never told EFCC to stop Akpabio probe after he joined APC - Buhari

N108.1bn fraud: I never told EFCC to stop Akpabio probe after he joined APC - Buhari

- President Buhari said he never told the EFCC to stop the probe of former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Senator Godswill Akpabio, after he joined APC last year

- The president said it was unfair to accuse him of protecting some corrupt persons in his government

- According to the president he has never instructed anybody to spare any corrupt person or incompetent person

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has refuted insinuations that he asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop the probe of Senator Godswill Akpabio, after he joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2018.

Buhari during an interview aired on Arise TV described as unfair allegations that he was protecting some corrupt persons in his government while those in the opposition were being hounded.

When asked why the former Akwa Ibom state governor who was under probe for allegedly diverting N100bn was left untouched, President Buhari said he did not know but didn't instruct the EFCC to do so.

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“I don’t think Akpabio, when he moved to the APC, that I said he should be left alone. I cannot remember asking the EFCC, the ICPC, the police or anybody to spare any corrupt person or incompetent person. I haven’t done it and I challenge you to expose any.”

When asked if the anti-graft agencies were acting in line with his body language, he said, “Why should they fear my body language?”

Legit.ng previously reported that former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, disclosed that his heart has been with Muhammadu Buhari since 2015 election, despite the fact he was a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) then.

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Akpabio also alleged that the PDP-led federal government never constructed any road in Akwa Ibom state for the 16 years that the party governed Nigeria.

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