EFCC Invites Akpabio Again Over Corruption Allegation Despite Being Sick

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Godswill Akpabio, a former minister of Niger Delta affairs, has been invited for questioning by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as part of a probe into charges of corruption against him.

The EFCC had previously asked Akpabio to attend for questioning on March 29, but in a letter to the anti-graft organization, his attorney Umeh Kalu (SAN) claimed that his client was ill with pneumonia and heart arrhythmia.

A N40 billion fraud allegedly took place at the Niger Delta Development Commission when Akpabio was in charge of the ministry.

Additionally, it was revealed that the EFCC was looking into allegations of over N86 billion in contract scams involving the senator-elect and Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, a former Acting Managing Director of the NDDC.

The anti-graft agency had in the past arrested Akpabio over the alleged theft of N108.1 billion of Akwa Ibom funds.

The invitation was later rescheduled. In a letter dated April 13, 2023, which was received by Akpabio’s lawyers, the senator-elect was asked to come to EFCC headquarters in Abuja on May 9, 2023.

It read;

‘Investigation Activities Re: Senator Godswill Akpabio’s Appointment Letter Of Invitation’ was signed by ACE II SM Ala, Head, CMU-1.

“I refer to your letter number dated March 27, 2023, on the above subject. In view of the above, you are kindly requested to inform your client Senator Godswill Akpabio to personally report for an interview with the undersigned through the Head, CMU-1 team on May 9, 2023, at 5th Floor, EFCC Headquarters Plot 301/302 Institutions and Research District. Jabi, Abuja at 10:00 am.”