N150b Fraud: EFCC Quizzes Ex-Gov, Sons

 N150b Fraud: EFCC Quizzes Ex-Gov, Sons

The immediate past governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, and some  members of his family are being quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)  over the alleged looting of over N150 billion.

Investigations have also being launched on his   sons – Chinendum Orji Eyinanya (currently Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly) and one Ogonna Orji in connection with the alleged looting.

The EFCC suspects that past governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji,  who is  currently the senator representing Abia Central in the National Assembly,  collected N48billion as security votes during his eight years in office at N500million per month.

He is said to have also been the authorising officer for the monthly withdrawal of N500million when he was the Chief of Staff to the jailed ex-Governor Orji Uzor Kalu.

According to The nation a brief on the preliminary investigation obtained from the EFCC gave an insight into the alleged looting of Abia State as follows:

“A petition dated March 17, 2017 was by filed by Fight Corruption: Save Nigeria Group alleging that the former Abia governor, Theodore Orji of receiving and diverting various sums of monies that accrued to Abia State.’’

Investigators handling the probe rate Chinedum as a key player in laundering money for his father.

As at Thursday, the EFCC had traced 100 slush accounts to Chinedum.

It was gathered that eighty per cent of the accounts are still active.

Chinedum went through a fresh round of grilling on Thursday before he was released on administrative bail.

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