Commotion!!! Massive Corruption Hits APC, As EFCC Captures Senior Chieftain 

By Sanni Muhammed October 1, 2016 09:19

Commotion!!! Massive Corruption Hits APC, As EFCC Captures Senior Chieftain 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Benjamin Benedict Apugo, at his village, Nkata Ibeku, in Abia State, over an alleged N36 million scam.

A statement from EFCC’s Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said his arrest was sequel to a warrant issued on July 4, 2016, by a Federal High Court, in Umuahia, presided over by Justice D.E. Osiagor, after the APC chieftain failed to appear before the court, to take his plea on a three-count charge, bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, brought against him by the anti-graft agency.

Uwujaren, added that, he was alleged to have fraudulently sold six plots of land, valued at N36 million, belonging to the Nigeria Railway Corporation, located at Umunwulari Nkata Ibeku layout, Planning Scheme Umuahia.

He said a previous warrant was issued for the arrest of the defendant, on 8th October, 2015, by Justice F.A. Olubanjo, after he had failed to appear before the court on same charge.

Meanwhile, the anti-graft agency has said that it recovered over N1 billion, within the last seven months in the South-South States.

The commission disclosed this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during a protest by the Coalition of Civil Rights Organisations, Concerned Youths and the Ijaw Nation Worldwide, on the probe of the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

Addressing the protesters, the South-South Zonal Head of the EFCC, Ishaq Salihu, noted that the amount it recovered, falls into two categories; explaining that part of the money was from politicians, whereas the other was from cases reported to the commission.

Salihu said that the commission recovered over N500 million, from top politicians in the region, within the stipulated months.

He said: “Between January 2 and September 2, alone, the EFCC South-South office has recovered N1.30 billion. What I said can be verified, there are records on that.

“The amount falls into two categories. One, recovery from the Federal Government and the State Governments; and recoveries from politicians, and individuals that reported their cases to the EFCC, and whose money had been returned.

“We have a Recovery Account at the Central Bank of Nigeria. The last time I checked, we have recovered from politicians over N500.5 million, that makes up the N1 billion. Nobody should justify the illegality that has been going on.”