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Godswill Akpabio arrested by EFCC over alleged mega Fraud | Ex-Gov. Responds “I was Invited…not Arrested”

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Godswill-AkpabioFormer Governor of Akwa Ibom state Godswill Akpabio has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja tonight.

Akpabio served as the governor of the oil producing state for 8 years with his term ending in May 2015. The EFCC started investigating an alleged theft of N108.1billion of Akwa Ibom funds by Akpabio in June.

Premium Times broke the news and reports;

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics and the office of the Accountant General of the Federation indicate that under Mr. Akpabio, known for ostentatious spending, Akwa Ibom received a staggering N1. 6 trillion from FAAC between June 2007 and May 2014.
At the time he vacated office on May 29, the state received more, excluding other revenues like Ecological Funds, internally generated revenue etc.
In a new petition to the EFCC dated June 22, and copied to Mr. Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, Mr. Ekpenyong gave details of some of Mr. Akpabio’s alleged financial recklessness.
He alleged that between January and December 2014, the ex-governor colluded with two of his top aides to steal a whopping N108.1 billion from the state’s treasury.

Akpabio is the current Senate minority leader.

The former Governor has responded to this story via Twitter. Stating that he was only invited for a chat and not arrested.

40 Comments

  1. Bae

    October 16, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Sai baba

    • Mohammad

      October 17, 2015 at 6:03 am

      Is no one disturbed by his use of the third-person to describe himself in his tweets? As if no be ‘im dey write them? Or say ‘im regard ‘imself so highly!

    • Fatimah

      October 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      That’s because most times it’s not him tweeting, it is his SM Manager. The reason this is done is for people to able to distinguish who is tweeting, any tweet directly from him probably carries his initials(as is the case with most political office holders), so that the day SM Manager would go and form overzealous and misyarn, he can easily disown the statement.

  2. aikay

    October 16, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Hmmmm PART TWO of Buhari’s revenge on Jonathan’s people, first Dieziani and now Akpabio. Tinubu, Fashola and Amaechi still dey oh, abi EFCC no dey see them?

  3. Cindy

    October 16, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Let the tribal comments roll in

    *grabs popcorn*

    • ATL's finest

      October 17, 2015 at 3:22 am

      Lol @ Cindy abii me too. Akpabio sekeem into the Trial .. Let the show begin jare

  4. Tunde Olona

    October 16, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Good for him. thief!

  5. My Nigeria Newspaper

    October 16, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I thought he already denied it.

  6. californiabawlar

    October 16, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Shcweeeep!! Mega fraud ko?? If dem put MEGA in front of your fraud in Nigeria, then you must have stolen the entire treasury…cos if you check am, Madam Dezaini wey dem talk say chop trillions no carry mega in front of her theifery, sorry, alleged misappropriations. This life is just a pot of adalu.

  7. Esther samuel ibitokun

    October 16, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Have not see any apc dat efcc arest

    • Damisko

      October 17, 2015 at 1:12 am

      I think, Amaechi’s ministerial appointment is a trap for him. He’s setting him up for danger. Let’s see how this plays out. I’m ready for the show

    • observer

      October 18, 2015 at 12:21 am

      Name them!

  8. mabel

    October 16, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Why apc people are saints nau. Saint Amechi. So efcc will not arrest amechi abi? I’m angry o. Which immunity is covering that guy sef? Buhari better don’t shield amechi o. This our mumu senators will tell him to take a bow now, abi which kain country be dis sef? I’m strongly thinking of leaving and nobody should beg me to stay back and build nigeria. And when I leave? I’ll be gone for good. That’s a promise.

    • Cindy

      October 17, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Bye felicia

  9. Lol

    October 16, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Its been real.
    Even if buhari is witch hunting PDP members let PDP witch hunt APC members the clean up is easier.

    Help the process.

    • mrs chidukane

      October 17, 2015 at 1:13 am

      Yes oh, i’m not surprised. I know one of his girlfriends. The man is a big spender so he needs to steal wella to keep up the spending. Those complaining that it’s pdp guys should be happy that at least some people are being made examples of.

    • BlueEyed

      October 17, 2015 at 6:10 am

      And you are proudly declaring that sort of person as your friend. Speaks a lot about the type of person you are.
      Buhari and his witch hunt on minorities, picking scape goats along the way and leaving the real theives to stroll into the villa. This northerners and westerners think Nigeria is theirs now, but they won’t see it coming, continue witch hunting my brothers from the east and the south, the time the revolution will come y’al will be too high on your negligence. Take note: NIGERIA CAN NEVER BE UNITED!

    • nene+

      October 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

      After Akpabio, it will be Uduaghan, after Uduaghan it will be Liyel Imoke etc. Just like Ibori,Alameyeisia, GEJ,Deziani……..

      Oshiomole,Amaechi, Aregbesola, Fashola, Fayemi are in the party of saints….. they will be spared.
      Buhari will also spare OBJ allies and attack his foes e.g Kashamu Bruruji
      The thieves in the North will be pardoned as per “ourownism”
      Bloated Lamode dare not touch a Fulani,or mainstream Hausa, he can only pick people from Jos, Kogi, Benue etc.
      Farouk Lawan and the rest who ruled Nigeria since 1960 be saved except Buhari’s enemies.
      SE watch out your governors will be next!!!!

      It’s very interesting how APC fight kwarupshian.

    • bruno

      October 17, 2015 at 10:31 am

      “I know one of his girlfriends.”

      where or when did @mrschidukane say the girl was her friend.

      knowing someone doesnt necessarily mean the person is ur friend.

      u are a very judgemental person, I can tell. always ready to point at someone for doing wrong. tufia for u.

      @mrschidukane look at the way I’m defending. u owe me

    • FasholasLover

      October 17, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Yaaawn.
      I don’t care if you steal a loaf of bread. A thief is a thief. Diezani did not steal more than Amaechi or Fashola. Yet, some are Ministers while some are being hounded. Recent developments in the polity just exposed Buhari as a fraud. All those looking up to saint Buhari, how market?

      Hound one, hound all. This selective persecution stinks. Our law enforcement people in Nigeria are very crude. They are looking at/reading Buhari’s body language. To walk scot free, simply align with the govt in power. You can then bow and go and enjoy your loot.

    • mrs chidukane

      October 17, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks my darling @Bruno, I do owe you one and will pay in kind.

  10. Loools

    October 17, 2015 at 12:47 am

    *singing* Omo na turn by turn make dem wait e go reach their turn lmao buhari has shele

  11. Rt

    October 17, 2015 at 1:45 am

    I’m still waiting when former Abia state governor will be arrested

  12. Nwa Aba

    October 17, 2015 at 4:04 am

    I hope Thief T A Orji is next. Some governors like Akpabio provided some dividends of democracy while stealing. Thief Orji did nothing whatsoever in Abia. The guy destroyed the place with his useless son. Abians will be vindicated soon!

  13. Cindy

    October 17, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Me I like this trend o. Let all the PDP thieves be brought to book. When next PDP gains power, let the APC thieves be brought to book too. At least now, everybody will sit up. Chikena.

  14. jane

    October 17, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Not arrested but invited. Hope they rolled out a Red carpet 4 u sir, and u ate edikaikong soup there, o great guest of the EFFC. Mshewwww

  15. Tee

    October 17, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Over 100 billion Naija is unaccounted for and there r still some commenters making this about Jonathan or apc or pdp … It maybe so but who cares the bottom line is did u steal money or not ? When u r so used to corruption even the attempt to clean up will b alien to u … Some Nigerians r used to bondage they don’t even want freedom – I live in the UK where MPs are arrested for even wrongly claiming expenses for as little as 18k money for public services hospitals, roads schools etc causing mass human suffering and we still hail these politicians then one person should ask me when I’m moving back to Nigeria yeah right … Tomorrow

  16. Max

    October 17, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Fashola said he doesn’t sign cheques during his ministerial screening at the senate,so i guess only Akpabio and Deziani are among those that sign cheques. Naija i hail oh .hahaha…..

  17. Hmm hmm

    October 17, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Ini Edo’s nightclub??! Hmmm

  18. observer

    October 17, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Is it only pdp members dat are facing all these? Wat of former pdp dat are now in APC dat hv petitions hanging on their heads like Amaechi,

  19. or

    October 17, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Buhari one sided appointment, one sided fight for corruption is a huge joke of the century.
    Who ever take ancestor b serious???

  20. nene

    October 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    invite ko, invitation card ni. invite is just big man term for arrested. ova u were arrested.

  21. concerned9ja

    October 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Go and sit down joor the one bleating on about South South and south East being persecuted..have you not seen the Yorubas arriaigned….in cohort with Deizani’s looting..
    Maybe..Maybe it didn’t occur to you that some might not have the portfolio or huge resources at their disposal whilst in power…
    9ja’s reasoning is something else…you from my tribe if you steal $1 billion you get a pass..I tire for you people..walahi!!

    • nerve

      October 18, 2015 at 10:05 am

      @concerned9ja, Which one is bleating? Your up binging is so faulty. Very vile words always. I assume you watched a lot of violence growing up in ur household. Your psyche is damaged.

  22. SWAGG1

    October 17, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    What freaking difference does it makes if ur were arrested or not. U looted money and deserves incareration . PERIOD

  23. nnenne

    October 17, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Cursed will be those who leave the Iroko trees growing in their eyes, then seek ways to take off a grain of sand from their neighbors eyes. .
    No to sacred cows.!!!!!!

  24. Tee

    October 18, 2015 at 10:28 am

    @Nene pls we want to move on as a nation, since you’re a beneficiary tell your next PDP president to probe APC. If PMB no start this process,tell me who go start am and when will they ever make the move to start? If we pardon everybody, how we go take move on as a country. Pls stop your rant already.

  25. phoenix

    October 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Selective persecution is better than no persecution. If Jona had started the probe he probably would have still been in power now.

  26. Haruna Tanko Haruna

    December 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Please a question the money that the forma Governor take way,is the money belong to Federal Government or State Government. If the money belong to State the State should take action and if the money belong to Federal then the president should take action.

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