The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it had traced some property suspected to be from proceeds of fraud to former Abia Governor, Sen. Theodore Orji.
The spokesperson of the commission, Mr. Dele Oyewale, disclosed this in a telephone interview on Thursday.
Mr. Dele Oyewale said that the property that was sealed in Umuahia, the capital city of Abia state on 24th 0f June 2020, was traced to the former governor Sen. Theodore Orji, in the course of the ongoing investigations of his alleged financial mismanagement in the state.
Remember that EFCC has sealed the property, which included the Abia State Mall, which accommodates other business entities, including Shoprite and Benac Hotels opposite Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State.
The housing estate of the former governor, Sen. Theodore Orji, was equally sealed, which situated at old Umuahia Main Market.
“Our investigations show that the property belongs to Sen. Theodore Orji, and as part of the investigations, we have to seal them. That is exactly what we have done,” he added.
Mr. Dele Oyewale said that the investigations into the alleged financial fraud perpetrated by the former governor, Sen. Theodore Orji, was ongoing, adding that the suspect would be charged to court in due time.
“Our investigations are always thorough and very diligent, we cannot give a time frame within which to charge him to court,” he said.
“The sealed property is proof of the ongoing investigations, and the probe will determine if more will be sealed,” Mr. Dele Oyewale added.
Sen. Theodore Orji, who represents Abia Central Senatorial zone in the National House of Assembly, was the governor of Abia state between 2007 and 2015.
He had been under investigation by the anti-graft agency since 2018 for allegedly misappropriating over 48 billion nairas.
This followed a petition written by the “Save Nigeria Group” and was sent to EFCC, Economic Crime Commission.