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Thursday, August 6, 2015

EFCC receives fresh petition against Akpabio

Former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Godswill Akpabio
Former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Godswill Akpabio

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has received a new petition filed against the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
The petition was titled, “Petition against former Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State for gross and uncommon abuse of public trust.”
Copies of the petition were also sent to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Director General of the Department of State Service, Lawal Daura.
This was the third petition against the former governor who was recently appointed as the Minority Leader of the upper legislative chamber.
The latest petition, dated August 3, 2015, but was received by the commission on August 5, 2015.
The petitioner, Leo Ekpenyong, said he discovered what he called “uncommon diversion of Akwa Ibom tax payers” money for the acquisition of massive properties by the former governor.

Ekpenyong, said, “The properties owned by Akpabio and his surrogates are itemized as follows: Eleven blocks of four luxury flats, making it a total of 44 luxury flats registered in the name of Prince Ukpong Akpabio. The location is Woji, Port-Harcourt in Rivers State.
“It is worthy of note that Akpabio owns a total of 27 estates apart from the ones mentioned in our earlier petitions.Some of the housing estates have between 25 and 75 premium units.
“These estates are located in the Lekki area of Lagos; Lekki Phase 1, near the Pan African University, off Chevron roundabout.Others are located at Banana Island in Ikoyi, Gbagada on the Lagos mainland as well as Ogunlana Drive in Surulere, Lagos.”
Ekpenyong had earlier sent two petitions to the commission against the former governor.
The first petition was dated June 8 while the second one was dated June 22.
The petitioner told our correspondent on Wednesday that he had appeared thrice before the commission’s investigators to “adopt the petitions.”
He said on the three occasions, he backed up the petitions with oral testimonies and explained to the investigators that he was ready to testify against the former governor.
Spokesperson for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwajuren, however, told our correspondent that he didn’t know if the commission had received the latest petition.

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