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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has requested the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and Senator-elect from Akwa Ibom North-West District, Godswill Akpabio, to be questioned at his residence in Abuja over a corruption investigation against him.
Mr. Akpabio is one of the aspirants for the position of Senate President in the 10th National Assembly.
The EFCC asked Mr. Akpabio to “personally report” the anti-graft agency on May 9.
This was contained in the EFCC follow-up letter dated April 13 to Mr. Akpabio through his lawyer, Umeh Kalu, SAN.
Mr. Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, was earlier invited by the EFCC in March, but Mr. Kalu, in a letter to the commission dated March 27, said his client would not be able to honor the invitation due to a scheduled medical appointment. abroad
According to Mr. Kalu’s letter, the senator-elect was suffering from pneumonia and cardiac arrhythmia and was advised to seek medical treatment abroad.
Pneumonia is an acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs, making breathing painful and limiting oxygen intake, while cardiac arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat.
“In view of the above, we respectfully request that our client’s appointment with you be moved to a date convenient for your officials, preferably after the Easter and Ramadan holidays,” Mr. Uche, a lawyer, said in his response. EFCC on behalf of Mr. Akpabio.
It is not clear at this time if the invitation was related to his activities while serving as minister for Niger Delta Affairs or as governor of oil-rich Akwa Ibom.
A spokesman for Mr. Jackson Udom Akpabio told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday that he was not aware of the EFCC invitation.
This newspaper reported in June 2015 how the EFCC had started an investigation into the theft of N108.1 billion of Akwa Ibom State funds. The investigation was initiated by a petition to the commission by an Abuja-based lawyer and activist, Leo Ekpenyong.
Four months later, the EFCC arrested Mr. Akpabio for alleged fraud.
After leaving the EFCC headquarters, Mr. Akpabio denied being arrested but said he was summoned to respond to allegations of corruption.
“A young lawyer in my state,” apparently referring to Mr. Ekpenyong, “petition accuses the EFCC of corruption,” Mr. Akpabio explained why he was invited by the EFCC.
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