Theodore Orji: EFCC Arrests Former Southeast Governor at Abuja Airport

Theodore Orji: EFCC Arrests Former Southeast Governor at Abuja Airport

  • The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed that a former governor of Abia state, Theodore Orji, is in its custody
  • Orji, who is now serving as a member of the National Assembly, has been accused of embezzling public money
  • Corruption is one of the biggest challenges in the Nigeria, several politicians in the country have been accused of money laundering

A former governor of Abia state, Theodore Orji, has reportedly been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Premium Times reported that EFCC picked Theodore Orji at the airport about 10am on Thursday, August 19, and took him to its headquarters.

EFCC arrests former governor Theodore Orji
Theodore Orji has denied the allegations against him. Photo: T A Orji (Ochendo)
Source: Facebook

The politician, now a serving senator, is being interrogated alongside his son, Chinedu, who reportedly turned himself in upon learning of the arrest of his father.

The former governor and his son who is the speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, are being investigated for allegedly laundering N551 billion.

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Senator Orji is accused of embezzling N500 million monthly for eight years as governor between 2007 and 2015.

In addition, he is alleged to have mismanagement N2bn Ecological Fund and conversion of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) funds.

The Nation reported that the head of media and publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest of the former governor.

EFCC arrests son, mother over internet fraud in Kaduna

Meanwhile, the Kaduna state zonal command of the EFCC has arrested the quartet of Lucky Ebhogie, Richman Kas Godwin, Israel Justin, and Precious Iwuji for internet-related fraud.

A statement shared on Facebook by the anti-graft agency revealed that they were arrested on Thursday, August 5 in the Sabo area of Kaduna, following intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud activities.

The EFCC claimed that its preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects are mostly involved in impersonation and romance scams; faking the identities of US military personnel on foreign missions to deceive their victims.

ICPC boss highlights factors responsible for insecurity in Nigeria

In another report, the chairman of the independent corrupt practices commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, has said insecurity in the country is caused by the high level of corruption and unstable economy.

Daily Nigerian reported that Bolaji Owasanoye, made this known in a statement by the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua on Wednesday, August 11, in Abuja.

The ICPC chairman stated this when he received the Commandant-General, nigeria security and civil defence corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi on a courtesy visit.


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