New Petition: Akpabio May Land In EFCC Net

The immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom state and Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio may soon be in the net of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)  if the anti-graft agency acts on a new petition bordering on corruption.

This fresh petition against the former governor titled ‘Petition against former Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state for gross and uncommon abuse of public trust,’ according to The Punch had the presidency and director general of the Department of State Service, Lawal Daura copied.

It was learnt that this latest petition is the third petitions so far written against Akpabio to account for his stewardship as Akwa Ibom state governor. This new petition, dated August 3, 2015 was received by EFCC on August 5, 2015.

According to 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.”

Same petitioner 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.

Ekpenyong added that he had appeared thrice before the commission’s investigators to “adopt the petitions” saying that on these 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.

Reacting to this petition brought against Akpabio, the EFCC’s mouthpiece, Wilson Uwajuren, said he did not know if the commission had received the latest petition.

He said: “Several petitions are sent to the commission on a daily basis. Because of this, I may not know the details of the petition. That’s the situation. “

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