Sen. Orji not under criminal investigation - EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said that the immediate past governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Ahamefule Orji, was not under investigation by the commission.

The anti-graft agency while exonerating the Senator representing Abia central senatorial district from corruption allegations from some individuals in Abia State said that they are not investigating Sen. Orji because there was no case file about him on their table.

Addressing journalists in Enugu on Wednesday, the South East Zonal Head of the commission, Johnson Babalola, challenged anyone with concrete evidence against Sen. Orji to come forward with it.

“There is no petition against him by any member of the public. If anyone has any petition against him, the person can forward it for investigation.
“We are not investigating Theodore Orji because I do not have any case file about him on my table,” he said.

He however noted that some politicians in Abia State were being investigated for N450 million campaign funds in relation to the 2015 general election adding that so far some government officials in Enugu and Ebonyi states had been invited over the campaign funds.

“The 2015 campaign fund of about N450 million is subject to investigation in Abia State. In Enugu, the former governor, Mr. Sullivan Chime and some serving commissioners have been called as suspects and the case is still under investigation. It is the same thing in Ebonyi State. The sum of N450 million was given to Abia State and we are investigating it but cannot mention names now,” he said.

Babalola said that in most cases as in the case of Ebonyi, the monies were paid through the account of the state governors adding that some serving governors in the zone were also under investigation over allegations against them.

He however said that invitation to suspects was not an indictment but insisted that the commission would follow due process to unravel all circumstances.