Akpabio in EFCC fresh twist, amidst Senate-presidency bid
Mr. Godwin Akpabio, Senator-elect for Akwa Ibom North-West District may not be able to push through with his ambition, as members of the Red Chamber hustle and bustle for the Senate-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This is even as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs to report at its headquarters in Abuja for interrogation over a corruption investigation against him.
Akpabio is one of the major contenders for the office of the Senate president in the 10th National Assembly.
The EFCC asked Mr Akpabio to “personally report” to the anti-graft agency on 9 May.
This was contained in the EFCC follow-up letter, dated 13 April, to Mr Akpabio through his lawyer, Umeh Kalu, SAN.
It could be recalled that the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, was earlier invited by the EFCC in March but Mr Kalu, in a letter to the commission dated 27 March, said his client would not be able to honour the invitation due to a scheduled medical appointment overseas.
According to Mr Kalu’s letter, the senator-elect was suffering from pneumonia and cardiac arrhythmia and was advised to seek medical treatment abroad.
It is unclear, for now, if the invitation was in connection with his activities while serving as minister of Niger Delta Affairs or during his tenure as governor of oil-rich Akwa Ibom.
A spokesperson to Mr Akpabio, Jackson Udom, told PREMIUM TIMES, Friday, he was not aware of the EFCC’s invitation.
Source: Premium Times