Why we arrested ex-Abia Governor, son — EFCC

A former Governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji, was on Thursday arrested by operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The Spokesperson of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the development in a statement on Thursday.

Uwujaren said the former governor, who had been on the commission’s watch list, was intercepted at the Nnamdi International Airport, Abuja on Thursday.

He said Orji was later taken to the commission’s headquarters for continuation of his interrogation. He said: “He is being quizzed alongside his son, Chinedu, the current Speaker of 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 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 eight years, as governor of Abia State between 2007 and 2015.

“Other issues relate to the alleged mismanagement of N2 billion ecological fund and conversion of Sure-P funds.”

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