Against the backdrop of recent speculations that EFCC’s arrest of Ogbonna Orji, son of former governor of Abia State Theodore Orji, was politically-motivated and linked to the alleged earlier arrest of the son of ex vice-president Atiku Abubakar, the anti-corruption agency has taken to Twitter to deny the allegations.
EFCC, in a series of tweets posted today, 10th November, 2018, explained that Theodore Orji had been under investigation for laundering money through his sons and, therefore, they arrested his son, Ogbonna, when the opportunity presented itself.
The agency added that Ogbonna, who was arrested at about 5am on Saturday, was already providing useful information that was aiding their investigation.
It concluded by stressing that it never “went after” Atiku’s son, neither was he arrested.
EFCC’s full statement:
“The recent arrest of Ogbonna Orji, son of Sen. Theodore Orji, over money laundering, has absolutely nothing to do with son of ex-VP Atiku Abubakar.
“The former Abia governor has been under investigations by the EFCC, for money laundering activities, which was discovered to have been carried out through his sons.
“The EFCC had been on the trail of cars allegedly bought by the sons, and last Friday the cars were traced to a night club in Abuja, where operatives waited patiently through the night to arrest the owners – Ogbonna and his friend, Kelvin Ilonah.
“They were arrested at about 5am on Saturday, and they led operatives to their three-flat apartment, where documents retrieved showed that it was rented at a rate of N13million per annum.
“They have so far given useful information to the EFCC, which is aiding in investigations. It should be made clear that the EFCC never “went after” Atiku’s sons, neither was Atiku’s son arrested by the EFCC.”