BREAKING: EFCC arrests, interrogates Senator T.A Orji
The immediate past Governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji, according to an exclusive story by The Punch newspaper has been interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
It was learnt that Orji, who was governor from 2007 to 2015, arrived at the EFCC office in Abuja, along with his lawyer, in a cream long-sleeve Niger Delta outfit popularly referred to as ‘senator.’
Orji, who represents Abia-Central senatorial district at the National Assembly, was allegedly invited over allegations that he mismanaged about N27bn.
The invitation, it was learnt, was sequel to a series of petitions written against the former governor shortly after he left office in 2015.
The EFCC was said to have commenced investigation soon after, but was waiting for enough evidence before inviting him.
Among the allegations levelled against the former governor was that he diverted billions of naira disbursed to Abia State by the Central Bank of Nigeria for Small and Medium Enterprise.
The lawmaker was also alleged to have diverted money from the Ecological Fund account, which should have been used in tackling erosion and other disasters peculiar to the state.
The ex-governor allegedly diverted money from the Abia State Oil Producing Development Area Commission, an agency of government set up for the development of the oil producing areas in Abia State
Orji allegedly used the funds to buy properties in Abia, Port Harcourt and Abuja, some of which the EFCC is planning to seize.
The Punch reports that it was learnt that officials from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Central Bank of Nigeria, commercial banks and other agencies had been invited by the EFCC to make statements on the governor’s case.
As of the time of filing this report, he was still said to be at the Commission making statements according to The Punch.
When contacted on the telephone, the acting spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, did not respond to calls.
In a text message, however, he said, “Yes. It is true that we have the former Abia governor with us.
“But I cannot say more than that. When it is time to press charges, we shall do that and the story will be in the media.”
Responding to this report, the liaison officer to T.A Orji, Mr. Ifeanyi Umere in an interview with Abia Breaking News described it as a nonsense report. He said that at about 8:11 when he spoke with our correspondent, the former Governor was eating porridge plantain with apple juice in his Abuja residence.
He said the Senator is flabbergasted and very angry over the report but maintained that they will ignore it. He vowed that if the news platform should go ahead and roll out a hard copy of the publication, they will provide their evidence that the former Governor was arrested.