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EFCC detains ex-Edo Governor, Igbinedion over alleged diversion of N1.6 bln state fund

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained a former governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion over allegations of diversion of N1.6 billion state fund.

The former governor is said to be undergoing interogation from the operatives of the anti-graft agency at the Abuja headquarters of the EFCC for allegedly diverting public funds to the tune of N1.6 billion during his tenure.

Igbinedion who finished his tenure as governor in 2007, had in the past face trial over his involvement in corruption and entered into plea bargain with the commission to return some of the loot and get repreived from the court.

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It was alleged that the ex governor diverted a loan obtained by the Edo State government ito a company which he has an interest in.

Igbinedion was prosecuted in 2008 by the EFCC and convicted of embezzling N2.9 billion belonging to Edo State.

He was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to a one count charge which was pruned from 191 charges.

The latest invitation was confirmed by the spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren who failed to give more details.

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