Following a Petition by a group,Fight Corruption: Save Nigeria Group, some property suspected to be from proceeds of fraud have been traced to former Abia governor, Sen. Theodore Orji, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said.
Sen. Orji, who represents Abia Central Senatorial zone in the National Assembly, was Abia governor between 2007 and 2015. He had been under investigation by the anti-graft agency since 2018 for allegedly misappropriating over N48 billion.
Dele Oyewale, the spokesperson of the commission, disclosed this on Thursday in Enugu.
Oyewale said the property which was sealed in Umuahia, the state capital on June 24, 2020, were traced to the former governor following ongoing investigations of Orji’s alleged fraud.
It was learnt that a housing estate situated at former Umuahia Main Market was also locked.
Our investigations show that the property belongs to Theodore Orji and as part of the investigations, we have to seal them. That is exactly what we have done.
While stating that the suspect would be charged to court in due time, Oyewale said that investigations into the alleged financial fraud perpetrated by the former governor were ongoing.
The EFCC spokesman stated, “We cannot give a time frame within which to charge him to court because our investigations are always thorough and very diligent.”
Oyewale further stated that the commission usually collaborated with and relies on information from relevant agencies during its investigations, saying, “The sealed property are proof of the ongoing investigations and the probe will determine if more will be sealed.”
The EFCC spokesperson also disclosed that the commission usually collaborated with and relies on information from relevant agencies during its investigations.
He added, “The sealed property are proof of the ongoing investigations and the probe will determine if more will be sealed.”