EFCC commences inquest into Theodore Orji’s sons’ accounts over N150b fraud, confiscates passports

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, February 10; seized the passports of a former Abia State Governor Theodore Orji and two of his children.

According to the EFCC, this is part of its investigation into the probe of an alleged N150 billion fraud.

Others affected by the seizure are Abia State House of Assembly Speaker; Chinendum Orji Eyinanya and Ogbonna Orji.

Their movement has been restricted to the country to enable detectives to conduct a comprehensive investigation.

Orji, who is the senator representing Abia Central zone allegedly earned N48 billion as security votes in eight years; at the rate of N500 million monthly.

Also, EFCC investigators have started tracing choice assets in Abuja, Lagos, and Abia State.

These properties were allegedly acquired with funds from state treasury; when the former governor held sway between 2007 and 2015.

Three of the assets were said to be in the posh Maitama District of Abuja; where the sons allegedly equipped every toilet in the mansions with N12 million.

According to an update by the EFCC, the passports of the ex-governor and the sons were impounded as part of the conditions for administrative bail granted them.

An anonymous EFCC revealed: “The multi-dimensional approach to the ongoing investigation necessitated that we should restrict the movement of ex-Governor Orji and his sons to Nigeria. They have a lot to clarify.

“So, in granting them administrative bail, we seized their passports in the interim. They cannot move an inch outside this country without the knowledge of this commission.”

The source said apart from the main petition against the ex-governor; more whistle-blowers and informants had been volunteering information that is being sieved.

One of such whistle-blowers is Nedu Ekeke, who exposed the depth of fraudulent acts via his Twitter page.

 

Concerning about 145 accounts being investigated; the EFCC source said: “We are yet to freeze these accounts but all the affected banks are aware that we are vetting deposits and withdrawals in them.

“We have put measures in place in a manner that those being investigated cannot tamper with the lodgments in these accounts.”

The EFCC had already quizzed ex-Governor Orji and his two sons.

Ng daily

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