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Calls mount to probe former Abia governor Orji

20 July 2015, 07:55Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Save Abia Now (SAN), the political pressure group, has called on anti-corruption agencies to arrest and investigate for immediate arrest and prosecution of the immediate past Governor of the state, Theodore Orji, for a number of alleged offences.

These include financial misconduct, “executive recklessness” and abuse of office while in office from 2007-2015.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) have been urged to act.

SAN Director for Media and Publicity, Kelechi Nkworie, accused Orji of mismanaging the Local Government funds.

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This is evident in the total collapse of infrastructure in the state, backlog of unpaid salaries amounting to billions of Naria and diverting of public properties to his cronies and family members.

The SAN spokesperson, said it wondered why Orji would be allowed to be in the Senate despite the allegations and petitions by Abians against him and the pending case he had to answer when he was the Chief of Staff to his predecessor, Dr Orji Kalu.

“It is against the rule of morality and plight of suffering Abians to allow Theodore Orji to be in the Senate as that will encourage impunity in the Government circle and set a bad precedent for the incumbent and the Federal Government commitment in fighting corruption and graft,” Nkworie stated this past weekend.

Nkworie called on President Mohammadu Buhari to intervene and prosecute all those that allegedly looted government funds no matter their status and fulfill his campaign promise to fight corruption and recover stolen public funds and properties.

“Nigerians are expecting much from him on the fight against impunity and corruption.”

Comment could not be obtained from the former governor. 

- CAJ News


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