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Group Seeks Akpabio’s Prosecution By EFCC

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A group, Civil Society Groups for Accountability and Probity has urged the federal government to initiate actions that would culminate in the prosecution of former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari told Arise Television that he never directed the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies not to prosecute Akpabio and other corrupt persons because they defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Consequently, the group through its secretary-general, Jonathan Ogwuche, has charged the EFCC to do the needful by prosecuting who was being probed for alleged over N100 billion fraud before he defected to the governing APC from the opposition PDP.

Ogwuche said that the prosecution of the lawmaker would further demonstrate the commitment of the Buhari administration to the fight against corruption and strengthening of public institutions and offices for better performance.

He said that there should be no one spared as Senator Akpabio has questions to answer over his handling of public funds while in office as governor.

The group recalled that in October 2015, EFCC quizzed Senator Akpabio over allegations of fraud to the tune of N108.1billion following a petition by one Leo Ekpenyong, adding that Nigerians were still awaiting the outcome of that investigation.

Ogwuche asked the EFCC to beam its search light on  properties located

at Plot 5 Ikogosi Spring Close, off Katsina-Ala Crescent, Maitama-Abuja; Plot 28 Colorado Close, Maitama;  22 Probyn Road, Ikoyi, Lagos and Plot 23 Olusegun Aina Street, Parkview, Lagos” toestablish if Akpabio had any connection with them.

He said that in the spirit of equality before the law, the EFCC shouldsynergise with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code ofConduct Tribunal (CCT) to see if Akpabio complied with the asset declaration requirement for public officers of hid status.


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