EFCC arrests Theodore Orji at Abuja airport

Former Abia governor Theodore Orji

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday arrested former governor of Abia State Senator Theodore Orji at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Orji and his sons, Chinedu and Ogbonna, have for months been under EFCC radar for alleged misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.

It was gathered that Chinedu, who is the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, has also been detained after reporting at the commission’s office in Abuja on learning about the arrest of his father.

EFCC spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren confirmed the detention of the duo but did not give details.

The anti-graft agency began probing Orji and sons following a petition dated March 17, 2017, filed by a group, Fight Corruption: Save Nigeria Group.

The petitioners claimed, among other allegations, that Orji diverted ”N383 billion revenue from the Federation Account, N55 billion Excess Crude revenue, N2.3 billion Sure-P revenue, N1.8 billion ecological funds, N10.5 billion loan, N12 billion Paris Club refund, N2 billion agricultural loan, and N55 billion ASOPADEC money while in office.”

The group also accused Chinedu of owning about 100 accounts in different banks with large deposits without evidence of job or service rendered.