Theodore Orji, former governor of Abia State, has been picked up by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday.
Orji was picked up at the Nnamdi International Airport, Abuja at about 10am, and driven to the headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja for interrogation.
He is currently being interrogated alongside his son, Chinedu Orji also known as Ikuku, the current Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, who turned himself in this afternoon upon learning of the arrest of his father.
He was immediately detained the moment he was sighted.
Orji is currently the Senator representing the Abia Central Senatorial District in Abia State after 8 years of governing same state.
The investigation followed a petition dated March 17, 2017, filed by a group known as Fight Corruption: Save Nigeria Group.
He alongside his sons, Chinedu Orji and Ogbonna Orji, have been under EFCC investigation for alleged misappropriation of public funds and money laundering for a while now.
The ex-Governor is alleged mismanagement of N2billion Ecological Fund and mismanagement of Sure-P funds.
He is also to have received N500 Million monthly as security vote for eight years as Governor of Abia between 2007 and 2015.
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.”
The EFCC had in February 2020 interrogated Mr Orji and his son over allegations that they diverted N521 billion public funds.
The petitioners had accused Mr Orji of diverting “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 petitioners also accused Orji’s son, Chinedu, of owning about 100 accounts in different banks. The accounts they allege run both as corporate and Individual received “so much deposit in cash without evidence of job or services rendered.”
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Spokesperson, when contacted, confirmed the detention of the former Governor and his Speaker son, Chinedu Orji.