- Senator Bassey Akpan has been detained for receiving vehicles worth N303 million from oil magnate
- Akpan was arrested for allegedly receiving the vehicles from an oil magnate as kickback for contracts
- He has however denied receiving kickbacks from the oil mogul
A Senator has been arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The senator, Bassey Akpan, who represents Akwa Ibom Northeast senatorial district has been accused of receiving vehicles worth N303 million from oil magnate, Babajide Omokore, who is under trial for alleged fraud.
The EFCC in a report said the senator received the vehicles as kick-back for contracts Akpan gave to Omokore while serving as a commissioner for finance in Akwa Ibom state.
The report said Akpan allegedly received Range Rover luxury cars from Omokore. It also said campaign buses and trucks were bought with the proceeds of fraud.
“Senator Bassey Akpan received a BMW X5 BP worth N50 million; an Infinity QX56BP worth N45 million; a Range Rover worth N40 million; three Toyota Hiace buses worth N27 million; two Toyota Hiace high-roof buses worth N16 million, six Toyota Hilux D cabin vehicles worth N42 million as well as other vehicles worth N83 million.
“He received the vehicles from Omokore while heading a committee which was giving contracts to the same Omokore. He has been invited on several occasions but he has refused to show up," the report said.
However, the senator, has denied receiving kickbacks from the oil mogul.
Akpan said Omokore is his friend for 19 years and that the cars were gift for his personal safety.
Senator Akpan said: “The vehicles are gifts from Jide Omokore on the need to ensure my personal safety. I have known him for 19 years. They are also contributions to my governorship campaign in 2014."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the EFCC had secured the conviction and sentencing of two oil marketers, George Ogbonna and Emmanuel Morah.
The duo were sentenced to eight years imprisonment by the court presided over by Justice Latifat Okunnu. The oil marketers were found guilty of a 26-count amended charge of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretense and forgery.
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