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EFCC probes Akpabio for alleged N1.4bn bank gift, A’Ibom kicks



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has begun a fresh probe of a former governor of Akwa Ibom State , Mr. Godswill Akpabio, over allegations that he gave a gift of N1 . 4bn to a bank for unknown reasons .

The EFCC, it was learnt, had written to the bank to explain why the governor allegedly gave it such a gift. N 108bn fraud: EFCC to seize Akpabio’ s properties However , it was learnt that the Akwa Ibom State Government had dragged the commission before the court , challenging its right to investigate state affairs.

A detective at the commission said, “ Among several allegations that are already in the public domain , the commission has made some progress in investigating the circumstances in which Apkabio , in 2013 , paid N566, 883, 728. 66 ; N 441, 808, 081. 90 ; and N392, 631, 943. 37 as gifts to a new generation bank . ”

It was learnt that the state government had ignored seven requests from the EFCC , asking for the release of officials of the government for interrogation as part of the ongoing investigation into the activities of Akpabio, who is now the Senate Minority Leader.

The source added, “ On March 7, 2017 , the commission wrote to the Secretary to the State Government , asking for the release of Mr . Effiong Efiakedoho, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Special Duties , to appear before the EFCC on March 13 .

“ He was summoned specifically in respect of matters relating to a hotel , Four Point by Sheraton Hotel , Raffia City Plaza , A 342 Highway . There was no response.

“ On May 8 , 2017, a letter, requesting the Accountant General of the state to appear at the EFCC on May 18 , was also ignored.

“ The Accountant General was specifically summoned in respect of an aspect of the investigation relating to a company , Sindeng Nigeria Limited .

“ The Commissioner for Works was also invited through a letter of May 19 , 2017 and asked to report to the commission’ s zonal office in Port Harcourt with respect to a road construction contract awarded to Nigturks Civil Technologies Limited . He too failed to honour the invitation.

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