EFCC begins probe of Uduaghan administration

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Delta State Governor, Emmanuel

Uduaghan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has

commenced an investigation into the administration of

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.

Investigations on Wednesday revealed that a team of

operatives attached to the Economic Governance Unit of the

commission was entrusted with the responsibility of looking

into the account books of the Delta State Government under

Uduaghan.

A reliable source disclosed to our correspondent that some

officials of the state government would appear before the

commission to answer questions in relation with alleged

economic crimes next week.

It was learnt that some former commissioners and principal

officers of the state’s seventh House of Assembly would be

invited by the commission for interrogation.

The source said that one of the principal officers of the

House was at the commission’s headquarters last week.

It was gathered that the team investigating the immediate

past Delta State administration had not invited the former

governor.

It was gathered that Uduaghan’s invitation would be

determined by the outcome of the investigation of the

invited officials.

“It is not true that Uduaghan and his aides were quizzed by

the commission. Even his aides have not even been

quizzed. The commission has invited some of the officials

who served under the former governor. Some of them are

commissioners and others are principal officers of the

House of Assembly.

“Only one of the principal officers (name withheld) has

appeared and left. The others are expected next week. The

governor was not invited. He can only be invited after the

interrogation of the officials involved. For now, he is out of

it.”

When our correspondent contacted the Head, Media and

Publicity, EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, to comment on the

story, he said he had not been briefed about the said

investigation.

Uduaghan had in May denied an allegation by a group

which accused him of embezzling over N200bn which was

appropriated to the Delta State Oil Producing Areas

Development Commission.

The group, under the aegis of the Delta Youths for Good

Governance and Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum had

alleged that the governor had embezzled the money and

was speeding up plans to scrap the commission before

leaving office on May 29, 2015.

The leader of the forum, Prince Kpokpogri, alleged that

some members of the state seventh House of Assembly

connived with the governor to secure N40bn bond.

Speaking through his Communications Manager, Paul Odili,

Uduaghan, had, however, said the allegations were false

and mischievous.

Odili said, “People are just heaping all kinds of allegations

against the person of the governor. How can the governor

take such a huge amount of money? It is cheap blackmail

because the governor has the interest of Deltans at heart

and he cannot do that. That allegation is ridiculous and

from an ignorant mind.”


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