Protesters under the aegis of Civil Society Groups for Accountability and Probity demanded the probe of the former governor
Protesters under the aegis of Civil Society Groups for Accountability and Probity on Monday, January 14, stormed the zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Wuse 2, Abuja, demanding the probe of a former Akwa-Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio.
Legit news Nigeria, gathered the protesters requested an investigation to be launched into what they described as the ”unlawful acquisition of properties and false declaration of assets by the senator”. Jonathan Ogwuche, speaking on behalf of the group, said they were at the commission to submit a petition against Akpabio. He said in 2007, Akpabio ‘claimed’ to have eight buildings, while in 2011” , he declared 10 buildings”.
“Curiously however and of worrisome note, in 2016 following an investigative report by an online media, it was alleged that he was among those with properties in Dubai. “Contrary to claims by Sen. Akpabio, the ‘following outlandish properties’ located at the under-listed addresses could also be traced to him as follows: “1. Plot 5 Ikogosi Spring Close, off Katsina-Ala Crescent, Maitama-Abuja; 2. Plot 28 Colorado Close, Maitama; 3. 22 Probyn Road, Ikoyi, Lagos and 4. Plot 23 Olusegun Aina Street, Parkview, Lagos.”
He said the properties ”are conspicuously missing in the asset declaration of the former governor”. “With the exception of a Bedford armour bus which he claimed to be a gift, cars declared in 2007 were copied and pasted in 2011. This doesn’t represent the reality on ground as he is known to move about in a fleet of cars.”
Anietie Ekong, a media aide to the senator, said that they were not surprised by the allegations. He said they have responded to several other petitions at the commission. “This is not the first time we are going to EFCC. We have been responding to petitions since we left office in 2015,” he said.
Buhari during an interview aired on Arise TV described as unfair allegations that he was protecting some corrupt persons in his government while those in the opposition were being hounded. When asked why the former Akwa Ibom state governor who was under probe for allegedly diverting N100bn was left untouched, President Buhari said he did not know but didn’t instruct the EFCC to do so.