Sunday, 7 August 2016

EFCC to investigate Former Akwa Ibom State Governor over N108bn Fraud


Former Akwa-Ibom state Governor and present senate minority leader Godswill Akpabio is not smiling now.

Sunday Punch learnt that the ex governor is being investigated by EFCC over embezzled N108bn during his tenure from 2007 - 2015. Key members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and serving commissioners ,Zenith, keystone, FCMB, Skye and UBA are the key witnesses in the investigation.

He was allegedly accused in 2013 to give N1m each to 6 local government chairmen to buy Mr Biggs according to him when they met in Port-Harcourt for a party reconciliation.

Few weeks ago, the Akwa Ibom State government had gone to a state High Court to get an interim order barring the EFCC from investigating Akpabio’s administration.

The Justice Ntong Ntong-led court on July 15 granted an interim injunction, restraining the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, and the Inspector General of Police from investigating the finances of the Akwa Ibom State government.

The suit was filed on behalf of the state government by the state Attorney-General, Uwemedimo Nwoko, who also served under Akpabio and is believed to be loyal to the former governor.

However, following a motion on notice filed by the EFCC, the court on Friday, vacated the order of interim injunction restraining the EFCC from investigating the accounts of state.

The judge then adjourned the matter till October 19 for hearing of the preliminary objection of the EFCC alongside other applications.

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