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Former Abia state governor, Theodore Orji and son, have been arrested by EFCC over N48b security votes

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested former Abia Governor, Sen. Theodore Orji and his son, Chinedu over the alleged misappropriation of N48billion security votes.

They were also arrested over alleged misappropriation of N2billion Ecological Fund and conversion of Sure-P funds while the former governor was in office between 2007 and 2015.

EFCC sources say the former governor who has been on the Commission’s watch list, was intercepted at the Nnamdi International Airport, Abuja at about 10am on Thursday, August 19 and brought to the headquarters of the EFCC at Jabi, Abuja for the continuation of his interrogation. His son reported himself at the commission’s office.

“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.”the source said

The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest of the former Governor.

 

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