The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has allegedly traced billions to accounts linked to Chinedum Orji, the former Governor of Abia State T.A Orji’s son, who is now the Speaker of Abia House of Assembly.
The money was uncovered after a group, Fight Corruption: Save Nigeria Group filed a petition against the former Governor and his son on March 17, 2017. T.A. Orji who served two terms as governor between 2007 and 2011 and now represents Abia Central Senatorial district, was accused of withdrawing N500 million monthly as security vote from the state’s treasury during his eight years in office.
The group accused T.A. Orji of diverting ”N383 billion revenue from the Federation Account, N55 billion Excess Crude revenue, N2.3 billion Sure-P revenue, N1.8 billion ecological funds, N10.5 billion loan, N12 billion Paris Club refund, N2 billion agricultural loan, and N55 billion ASOPADEC money while in office”, and also accused Chinedum Orji of owning about 100 accounts in different banks.
EFCC’s Spokesperson, Tony Orilade confirmed that the two politicians were released on administrative bail and also revealed that it took them 3 years to commence investigation after the petition was filed because they were only following official protocols.
The Sun reported that some accounts traced to Chinedum Orji, the former Abia Governor’s son who is now the Speaker of Abia House of Assembly include;