EFCC releases ex-Abia gov Theodore Orji on bail after arrest

Former Abia governor Theodore Orji

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released former governor of Abia State Theodore Orji on bail following his arrest on Thursday.

Senator Orji was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. He was reportedly on his way to London for medical check-up.

It was learnt that EFCC operatives granted him administrative bail after facing hours of interrogation at EFCC headquarters in Abuja. The interrogation will continue on Friday.

Orji was quizzed alongside his son, Chinedu, who is the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly. The Speaker turned himself upon learning of the arrest of his father.

It was not immediately clear if the Speaker was also granted bail.

Orji and his son have been accused of diverting N521 billion public funds.

The investigation followed a petition dated March 17, 2017, filed by a group, Fight Corruption: Save Nigeria Group.

The petitioners alleged, among others, 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.”