Former Senate President Reveals Why He Was Detained By EFCC

Former Senate President Reveals Why He Was Detained By EFCC

  • Anyim Pius Anyim has denied claims that he was arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
  • The former lawmaker and ex-secretary to the government of the federation said he voluntarily visited the commission to clear his name on a particular case
  • According to Anyim, he was at the commission after he found out that his name was mentioned in connection with an alleged diversion of N780 million by Senator Stella Oduah

A former Senate president of Nigeria, Anyim Pius Anyim, has debunked claims that he was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The former lawmaker said contrary to these reports, he was invited by the commission and he voluntarily went to the EFCC's office to clarify his involvement in a petition under investigation.

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Senator Anyim said he was at the EFCC voluntarily. Photo: Tony Onyima
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Voluntary visitation to the EFCC by the ex-SGF

According to SaharaReporters, a statement by Paul Nwaobasi, a media adviser to the ex-lawmaker said Anyim was mentioned in connection with N780 million allegedly diverted by Senator Stella Oduah.

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The petition before the EFCC alleges that Senator Oduah diverted N780 million during her tenure as the minister of aviation in Nigeria.

Nwaobasi said because his name was mentioned by some persons on the petition, his principal was at the EFCC headquarters between Sunday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 26.

A need for the former lawmaker to clear his name

He said

“Determined, as always, to ensure that the truth prevails, Senator Anyim reached out to the officer handling the matter, and offered, of his own volition, to come over to the EFCC to clarify any issues around which his name was mentioned."

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He said the EFCC officers in charge of the case were delighted and they all agreed to meet in his office at the EFCC by 3 pm on Sunday, October 24.

According to Nwaobasi, at the agreed time, Anyim was at the office and after a series of interrogations, conditions were given for his release.

He said these conditions were met promptly and it took the EFCC until Tuesday, October 26, to complete the process.

He added that it was after the processes were completed on Tuesday that the commission allowed the former lawmaker to go home.

Meanwhile, previously reported that Senator Anyim was at the headquarters of the EFCC on Sunday, October 24.

The lawmaker was grilled for his involvement in the alleged diversion of funds by Senator Stella Oduah during her tenure as the minister of aviation.

Subsequently, the former lawmaker was said to have spent two nights at the EFCC's office as the commission was not able to complete the investigation process.

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He was being grilled by the commission in connection with the fund that was traced to a company for which he serves as a director.


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