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EFCC arrests ex-Abia Governor, Orji, son over N48 bln fraud

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A former governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji was arrested on Thursday by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)  over alleged looting of N48 billion security votes during his tenure.

The ex- governor who has been on the Commission’s watch list was intercepted at the Nnamdi International Airport, Abuja at about 1000 hours Thursday and brought to the headquarters of the EFCC at Jabi, Abuja for continuation of his interrogation.

He is being quizzed alongside his son, Chinedu, the current Speaker of the 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 the 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 8 years as governor of Abia state between 2007 and 2015.

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Other issues relate to the alleged mismanagement of N2 billion Ecological Fund and conversion of Sure-P funds.

“He is being quizzed alongside his son, Chinedu, the current Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, who turned himself in this afternoon upon learning of the arrest of his father.

“Senator Orji and his sons, Chinedu and Ogbonna, are under investigation by the EFCC for offences bordering on misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.

“The ex- Governor is alleged to have collected N500million monthly as security vote for eight years as governor of Abia state between 2007 and 2015.

“Other issues relate to the alleged mismanagement of N2billion Ecological Fund and conversion of Sure-P funds,” a source said.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest of the former governor.

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