- The federal government and the EFCC have been called upon to include the name of the immediate past governor of Abia state, Theodore Orji, in the government's list of looters
- A group in Abia state which made the call, threatened to sue the duo if they fail to include Orji's name
- The group accused Orji and his family of looting several billions of naira meant for the development of the state when he held sway as governor
The Abia Progressives Forum (APF) says it would sue the federal government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) if they fail to include the name of the immediate ex-governor of Abia state, Theodore Orji, in the list of looters compiled by the government.
The group alleged that Orji, who is the current senator representing Abia Central senatorial district in the Senate, together with his family looted several billions of naira meant for the development of the state when he was governor, The Sun reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the chairman of the APF, Mazi Okechukwu Okwuonu, told newsmen that the call for the inclusion of T.A Orji’s name in the list was borne out of the desire to ensure that Orji's corrupt practices when he was governor, does not go unchecked.
He called on the president and the EFCC to prosecute Orji and his son, Chinedu, who is currently the majority leader of the state House of Assembly, over alleged corruption.
Okwuonu said: “President Muhammadu Buhari anti-corruption war will not be complete if the presidency and EFCC fail to beam their searchlight on Senator Orji and his cohorts. In fact, to set the records straight, the looting under his administration was unprecedented and massive. That is why Abians did not witness any development in the state.
“We will sue the federal government if it fails to include the former governor’s name in the looter’s list. Following facts and figures at our disposal, the former governor looted over N7 billion meant for the development of Abia."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Orji distanced himself from the rumoured presidential ambition in 2019, saying his detractors were behind the rumour in order to ridicule him.
The former governor of Abia state in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, February 6, by his media aide, Chief Eddie Onuzuruike, said he would love to be left alone as he was busy with his work in the Senate.
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