IMMEDIATE past Governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji, is currently being interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Orji, who was governor from 2007 to 2015 and currently represents Abia-Central Senatorial District at National Assembly, arrived EFCC office in Abuja, along with his lawyer around midday Wednesday, following an invitation extended to him by the anti-graft agency over allegations that he mismanaged about N27 billion during his time at Government House, Umuahia.
The invitation, it was learnt, was sequel to a series of petitions written against the former governor shortly after he left office in 2015.
There are indications that EFCC had commenced investigation but was waiting for enough evidence before inviting him.
Among the allegations levelled against Orji was that he diverted billions of naira disbursed to Abia State by the Central Bank of Nigeria for Small and Medium Enterprise, money from the Ecological Fund account earmarked for tackling erosion and other disasters peculiar to the state as well as money from the Abia State Oil Producing Development Area Commission, an agency of government set up for the development of the oil producing areas in Abia State.
EFCC also alleged that Orji used these funds to buy properties in Abia, Port Harcourt and Abuja, some of which the EFCC is planning to seize.
Officials from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Central Bank of Nigeria, commercial banks and other agencies had been invited by the EFCC to make statements on the governor’s case.
Acting spokesman for EFCC, Tony Orilade, prevaricated in confirming the development in a text message, saying “Yes. It is true that we have the former Abia governor with us. But I cannot say more than that. When it is time to press charges, we shall do that and the story will be in the media,” he said.