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2022

We want Obiano to account for N42bn Security vote, Sure-P Cash – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says former Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra was being quizzed over the alleged misappropriation of N42 billion belonging to the state.

An authoritative source in the EFCC disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.

The source said the former governor was being interrogated over the alleged misapplication of N5 billion Sure-P and N37 billion security vote, withdrawn in cash.

According to the source, part of the funds was also allegedly diverted to finance political activities in the state.

The Commission on Friday told NAN that the former governor was in its custody undergoing interrogation after his arrest on March 17.

Obiano was arrested on Thursday at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and brought to Abuja on Friday morning.

The Commission said the former governor had not been released.

Obiano was arrested by EFCC on Thursday night, hours after handing over to the new Anambra Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo

The agency had last year placed the former governor on its watch list and also asked the Nigeria Immigration Service to stop him from leaving the country in a letter to the Comptroller-General of Immigration dated November 15, 2021.

The Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, had told our correspondent on Monday that Obiano would not surrender to the EFCC at the end of his eight-year tenure, noting that the commission had not invited him.

He dismissed reports that Obiano had been placed on the watch list by the EFCC and NIS.

The commissioner stated, “First of all, the EFCC never made that statement categorically to anybody. So, when the deficiencies in the statement were highlighted, they were clear and convincing to everyone. I am not aware anybody has indicted him.

“Nobody confronted him with any issue; I do not think there are petitions against him. We were surprised to read in the newspapers, and not even a statement by the EFCC directly; just a statement from third parties. I find it curious that they would say they are waiting for him.”

The governor, to the best of my knowledge, is not worried about the EFCC; there is nothing to worry about.”

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