Theodore Orji accused of N48 billion fraud
The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) has traced and sealed some property suspected to be from proceeds of fraud belonging to the previous Abia governor, Sen. Theodore Orji.
Spokesperson of the fee, Mr Dele Oyewale disclosed this on Thursday in a phone interview with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.
Oyewale stated the property which have been sealed in Umuahia, the state capital on June 24, 2020 have been traced to the previous governor in the midst of ongoing investigations of Orji’s alleged monetary malfeasance.
Recall that the property sealed by the EFCC included, the Abia Mall which accommodates ShopRite and different enterprise entities, Benac Lodges reverse Broadcasting Company of Abia.
Additionally sealed was a housing property located at former Umuahia Foremost Market.
“Our investigations present that the property belongs to Theodore Orji and as a part of the investigations, we’ve to seal them. That’s precisely what we’ve achieved,” he stated.
Oyewale stated that investigations into the alleged monetary fraud perpetrated by the previous governor was ongoing, including that the suspect could be charged to courtroom in due time.
“We can’t give a timeframe inside which to cost him to courtroom as a result of our investigations are at all times thorough and really diligent,” he stated.
The EFCC spokesperson stated that the fee normally collaborated with and depends on info from related companies throughout its investigations.
“The sealed property are proof of the continued investigations and the probe will decide if extra will likely be sealed,” Oyewale stated.
Sen. Orji, who represents Abia Central Senatorial zone within the Nationwide Meeting, was Abia governor between 2007 and 2015.
He had been beneath investigation by the anti-graft company since 2018 for allegedly misappropriating over N48 billion.
This adopted a petition by a gaggle, Struggle Corruption: Save Nigeria Group.