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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday interrogated the senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District at the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly, Theodore Orji.

A Senior official in the Commission informed The Guardian that the lawmaker arrived the commission at about 9 am on Wednesday to answer questions regarding allegations of N27 billion fraud.

According to the official, investigation has been ongoing since 2015, adding that officials of the state have testified on the various allegations against him.

The official added that officials of the accountant generals office, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), commercial banks and other relevant agencies have all in the last three years given reasonable statements in the course of the investigation.

The official disclosed that areas of investigation of which the lawmaker was invited include, Diversion of CBN Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) loan, diversion of ASOPADEC fund, diversion of ecological funds, acquisition of properties scattered in Abuja, Lagos and Abia state.

When The Guardian contacted the acting spokesperson of the EFCC, Tony Orilade, he said: “Yes, he is with us, but we cannot give you details of the investigation, at maturity, we shall file charges in court”

“Until then, we don’t carry out our investigation on the pages of newspapers,” Orilade told The Guardian.

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