Just in: Former Abia Gov Orji Kalu, arrested by EFCC, detained with his son

Obinwannem News Just in: Former Abia Gov Orji Kalu, arrested by EFCC, detained with his son

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, watch list has apprehended the ex governor and Senator Theodore Orji Uzo Kalu at the Nnamdi International Airport, Abuja by 10am on Thursday.

According to News gathered by Obinwannem News confirms, he was interrogated along with his son, Chinedu, the current speaker of the House of Assembly, who turned himself in this afternoon upon learning of his father arrest. He was also detained as well.

Mr Orji, a current senator, and his sons, Chinedu and Ogbonna, have for months been under EFCC investigation for alleged misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.

The ex-governor is alleged to have received N500 Million monthly as security vote for eight years as governor of Abia between 2007 and 2015.

Other allegations against him concerned alleged mismanagement of N2billion Ecological Fund and mismanagement of Sure-P funds.

The EFCC had in February 2020 interrogated Mr Orji and his son over allegations that they diverted N521 billion public funds.p

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

According to the petition, the N500 million the former governor allegedly withdrew monthly was “not part of the security funds expended on the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Army, DSS, Navy anti-Kidnapping Squad, anti-robbery Squad, purchase of Security equipment and vehicles for the security agencies.”

Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News / August 19, 2021

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