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JUST IN: EFCC storms Abuja Airport, whisks away ex-Abia Gov Orji over N48b security votes


EFCC arrests Theodore-Orji

A former governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

According to The PUNCH, Orji who has been on the commission’s watch list was intercepted about 10:00 am this morning.

The ex-governor was subsequently brought to the headquarters of the EFCC at Jabi, Abuja, for the continuation of his interrogation.

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Reports revealed that he is presently being quizzed alongside his son, Chinedu, who is the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly.

Chinedu 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 alleged misappropriation of public funds and money laundering to the tune of N551 billion.

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The ex-governor was alleged to have embezzled the N500 million monthly security vote he received for eight years as governor of Abia state between 2007 and 2015.

Other issues relate to the alleged mismanagement of N2bn Ecological Fund and the conversion of Sure-P funds.

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

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More to come…