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EFCC Arrests Former Abia State Governor Theodore Orji

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday arrested the former governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji over allegation of diversion of public funds.

The former governor’s arrest was confirmed by EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren.

Orji, who is currently a lawmaker representing Abia Central Senatorial District at the Senate has been on the Commission’s watch list.

According to report, he was intercepted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 10am on Thursday and brought to the headquarters of the EFCC at Jabi, Abuja for continuation of his interrogation.

Senator Orji 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 his father’s arrest.

Orji and his sons, Chinedu and Ogbonna, have for months been under EFCC investigation for alleged misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.

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.

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

The EFCC had in February 2020 interrogated Mr Orji and his son over allegations that they diverted N521 billion public funds.

He was later released on Thursday night.

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