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EFCC Arrests Akpabio Again Over Fraud

AKPABIOFormer governor of Akwa Ibom and Senate Minority Leader , Godswill Akpabio who was allowed to go home on Friday night, has been re-arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) for further questioning.
Mr. AKpabio arrived the anti- corruption body at 11.45am Saturday in the company of his lawyer, Rickey Tarfa( SAN) and few personal aides.

Mr ,Akpabio who had earlier said he was not arrested but only honoured the invitation by the ant-graft agency may been spending the night at the commission to answer serious fraud allegation levelled against him.

He said he had given insight into why he was questioned by the anti-graft agency for hours..
“A young lawyer from my state has been petitioning the EFCC accusing me of corruption,” the former governor said. “So shortly before I got involved in an accident in August, the EFCC summoned me to come and respond to the allegations.

“But following the accident, I wasn’t well enough to honour the EFCC summon. And I let them know.
“So today, since I’m now well, and the Senate did not sit, I decided to honour the EFCC so as to answer questions concerning the allegations against me.

“I wasn’t arrested. I walked in there myself and now I’m back at home. The EFCC operatives were professional. They asked questions, and I answered.”

Mr. Akpabio insisted the allegations against him were false, saying “those making the allegations do not understand how government works”.

The former governor, who is now Senate Minority Leader, said the lawyer who dragged him to the EFCC submitted at least four different petitions, and that it would take a while for him to respond to each of the allegations.
“So I will return to the EFCC again as necessary,” he said.

Mr. Akpabio added, “I am a law-abiding citizen, and whenever I’m summoned to answer questions about how I served my people, I will always respond.

“I urge everyone who has served in public office not to be afraid to explain what they did and how they served.”



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