Protesters have stormed the Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Wuse 2, Abuja, demanding the immediate probe of Senator Godswill Akpabio.
The protesters under the aegis of Civil Society Groups for Accountability and Probity, requested an investigation to be launched into what they described as the “unlawful acquisition of properties, and false declaration of assets by the Senator”.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Jonathan Ogwuche said that they were at the Commission to submit a petition against Akpabio.
He said that in 2007, Akpabio ‘claimed’ to have eight buildings, while in 2011, “he declared 10 buildings”.
“Curiously however, and of worrisome note, in 2016, following an investigative report by an online Media, it was alleged that he was among those with properties in Dubai.
“Contrary to claims by Senator Akpabio, the ‘following outlandish properties’ located at the under-listed addresses, could also be traced to him as follows:
“1. Plot 5, Ikogosi Spring Close, off Katsina-Ala Crescent, Maitama-Abuja; 2. Plot 28, Colorado Close, Maitama; 3. 22, Probyn Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, and 4. Plot 23, Olusegun Aina Street, Parkview, Lagos.”
He said that the properties “are conspicuously missing in the assets declaration of the former Governor”.
“With the exception of a Bedford armour bus, which he claimed to be a gift, cars declared in 2007, were copied and pasted in 2011. This does not represent the reality on ground, as he is known to move about in a fleet of cars.”
The protesters claimed that a son of the former Governor, “who is said to have a property in Abuja (in 2007 declaration), at Games Village, acquired on 1-1-2005, worth a value of N16.9 million, has an annual income of just N350,000, while in the 2011 declaration, the value remained unchanged.”
“The source of the house is questionable. We can incontrovertibly submit that Senator Akpabio freely dished out the finances of Akwa Ibom State to his children, friends, and other family members, while corruptly enriching himself with same, at the detriment of the State.”
In a swift reaction however, Anietie Ekong, a Media Aide to the Senator, stated that they were not surprised by the allegations.
He noted that they have responded to several other petitions at the Commission.
“This is not the first time we are going to EFCC. We have been responding to petitions since we left office, in 2015”, he said.
He revealed that the Petitioners are pursuing a ‘political vendetta’. He added that previous petitions had been withdrawn, “by their Originators, because of lack of evidence”.