EFCC Clarifies Report on Alleged Arrest of Atiku’s Son


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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has claimed that reports stating that they arrested the son of Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, were false.

The anti-graft agency said that they instead arrested the son of the former Governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu

The EFCC released a statement to the matter in which they said:

“We have received several calls and email messages asking us to confirm the arrest of the sons of the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as being alleged in some quarters. Some only said we raided the apartments of Atiku’s son’s looking for foreign currencies. This is nothing but another tales by moonlight,” the statement read.

“It is in the news that we have been investigating the former Abia governor, Senator Theodore Orji over alleged N27 Billion Naira money laundering. In the course of investigation, we discovered that he laundered part of the money through his sons. We have been on the trail of some of the purchases made by his son including the cars the boys allegedly bought.

“Last Friday, we traced one of the cars to a Nite Club in Abuja. In order not to cause panic, we waited until the business of the club was over and when the owner of the suspected car came to enter to take off, we arrested him and his friend who has a similar brand of car. That was about 5am on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

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“The two boys we arrested were Ogbonna Orji, 32, and Kelvin Ilonah. While Orji’s Car, a Range Rover is valued at about N100 million, Ilonah’s car also a Range Rover, is valued at about N35 Million.”

The EFCC in the statement also claimed that they did not at any time freeze the account of vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi

“Only last week, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was alleged to have raised alarm that the Commission blocked and or freeze the accounts of the Vice Presidential candidate of the PDD, Peter Obi,” the statement read.

“Again, this was another lie which we immediately punctured as there was no truth in it whatsoever, to the accusation. Till now, only silence has prevailed from the camp of the accusers.”

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