The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a former Governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji.

Orji, the Lawmaker representing Abia Central Senatorial District in the Senate, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Thursday morning.

Confirming the Lawmaker’s arrest, EFCC Spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said Orji was arrested for offences bordering on misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.

Uwujaren stated that the former Governor is being probed alongside his sons, Ogbonna and Chinedu, the current Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, for misappropriation of the State funds while in office.

He added that the former Governor was transported to the Headquarters of the EFCC at Jabi, Abuja for the continuation of his interrogation.

The EFCC Spokesman disclosed that Orji, who has been on the Commission’s watch list, is alleged to have mismanaged N2 billion Ecological Fund and conversion of Sure-P funds.

He added that the Senator allegedly collected N500million monthly as security vote for eight years as Governor of Abia State between 2007 and 2015.

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