Breaking: EFCC releases former Abia governor Theodore Orji hours after arrest

Breaking: EFCC releases former Abia governor Theodore Orji hours after arrest

  • Former governor of Abia state and senator representing Abia Central senatorial district at the Senate, Theodore Orji, has been released by the EFCC
  • Senator Orji was picked by the EFCC on Thursday, August 19, at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja
  • The anti-graft agency revealed that the senator was asked to report to its office on Friday, August 20, for further interrogation

FCT, Abuja - After spending some hours at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a former governor of Abia state, Senator Theodore Orji, has been released.

Channels TV reports that the senator was reportedly on his way to London when he was picked up by EFCC operatives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday, August 19.

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EFCC releases Senator Theodore Orji.
The Economic and Finance Crime Commission (EFCC) has released former Abia governor Theodore Orji. Credit: T.A Orji.
Source: Facebook gathered that the FCC, Orji is being interrogated over corrupt financial dealing while serving as governor of Abia state between 2007 and 2015.

The EFCC added that sometime last year, Senator Orji had approached the agency and requested the release of his travel documents to enable him to go to Dubai for medical treatment.

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However, the EFCC noted, the serving Senator failed to return the travel document.

The EFCC said it has asked Orji to report at the EFCC headquarters again on Friday for the continuation of his interrogation.

The lawmaker, currently representing Abia Central Senatorial District at the Senate, has denied being detained.

He claimed that the EFCC officials only accosted him as he was on his way to London for a routine medical check-up in London.

Premium Times also reports that Orji was quizzed alongside his son, Chinedu, the current speaker of the Abia state House of Assembly, who turned himself in at the EFCC office upon learning of the arrest of his father.

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EFCC arrests former governor Orji at Abuja Airport

Meanwhile, had previously reported that the former governor Theodore Orji was arrested by the EFCC at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday, August 19.

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

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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In a related report, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa state, Musa Yayaya Azara, warned that any attempt by the EFCC to arrest or detain senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura would be strongly resisted by the entire people of the state.

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The APC chieftain gave the warning in Lafia on Tuesday, August 17, while interacting with journalists on the invitation of the former governor by the EFCC recently.

Azara, who dismissed the invitation of the former governor by the EFCC, said it would not affect his political ambition in becoming the next national chairman of the ruling party, APC.


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