EFCC step up Akpabio case investigation

By Amako Nneji October 27, 2015 11:50

EFCC step up Akpabio case investigation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has quizzed​ the Abuja-based lawyer Leo Ekpeyong, who wrote a petition to the commission against former Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio.

​​Operatives of the anti-graft agency had summoned Ekpeyong to report at the commission to shed more light on the allegations he raised against Akpabio in the petition.

Akpabio, ​on​ Friday, September 16​ responded to an invitation from the EFCC, was quizzed ​and ​later released on bail following the petition of Ekpeyong.

Ekpeyong claimed​;​ between January and December 2014, while in office, Akpabio allegedly colluded with two of his top aides to “steal a whopping N108.1 bn from the state’s treasury.”

Ekpenyong revealed in his petition: “The cumulative aggregate of these monies stolen by Godswill Akpabio from the coffers of government as pocket money is the annual budget of some states in Nigeria put together.”

​​The Commissioner of Information under Akpabio, Aniekan Umana, in reaction described the contents of the petition as “absolute falsehood taken too far.’’

See: The politics & horse trading that landed Akpabio in EFCC’s net

The former Governor is now awaiting further action on the case from the anti-graft body.

However, the EFCC invited the petitioner, Ekpeyong, to report at the commission to make clarifications on some areas of the petition by 10am on Monday.

The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, told journalists that Ekpeyong was only invited to the commission to shed more light on the petition he wrote against the former Akwa Ibom governor.

    “The man was not arrested. It would not also be right to use the word grilled. He was only invited to shed more light on the petition.”

However, a source at the commission said that Ekpenyong was being delayed at the commission because of the huge volume of petition he sent to the commission which would take time to deal with.

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