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Akpabio in EFCC custody over corruption allegations

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, for interrogation in relation to corruption allegations against him.

This latest development comes amidst reports that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has plans to support Akpabio’s Senate presidency bid.

Allegations of an N40 billion fraud perpetrated in the Niger Delta Development Commission, which Akpabio headed for three years, have been circulating for some time.

In 2020, both the Senate and the House of Representatives resolved to investigate the alleged N40 billion financial recklessness of the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC. Additionally, there have been allegations of over N86 billion contract scams involving the senator-elect and a former Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, which the EFCC has been investigating.

This is not the first time that Akpabio has been invited for questioning by the EFCC over allegations of corruption.

The anti-graft agency has previously arrested him over the alleged theft of N108.1 billion of Akwa Ibom funds.

In March 2023, Akpabio’s lawyer, Umeh Kalu, SAN, wrote to the EFCC to request a rescheduling of the interrogation due to his client’s ill health.

Kalu stated that Akpabio was suffering from pneumonia and cardiac arrhythmia, and had arranged medical appointments overseas.

The EFCC has now issued a fresh invitation for Akpabio to appear for questioning on May 9, 2023.

In a letter dated April 13, 2023, and obtained by an online newspaper, the EFCC asked Akpabio to personally report for an interview with the Head of the CMU-1 team on May 9, 2023, at the EFCC Headquarters in Abuja.

The letter was addressed to Akpabio’s lawyers, Seasons Law Firm, and signed by ACE II SM Ala, Head, CMU-1.

It remains to be seen how this latest development will impact Akpabio’s Senate presidency bid or the ongoing investigations into the alleged corruption at the NDDC.

This article was updated 4 weeks ago

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