Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and current Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, was on Friday arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
According to Premium Times, Akpabio was arrested at about 5.20 pm, accompanied a few aides and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Ricky Tarfa.
Akpabio, it was learnt, is being interrogated and it is not clear if he would spend the night in EFCC custody.
Reports said Akpabio is being investigated over an alleged looting of N108.1billion of Akwa Ibom funds in June.
The action followed a petition forwarded to the commission by an Abuja-based lawyer and activist, Leo Ekpenyong.
Premium Times had however quoted the commissioner of information during the administration of Mr. Akpabio, Aniekan Umana, as describing Mr. Ekpenyong’s petition as falsehood taken too far.
He said the petition betrayed a lack of understanding of the workings of government.
“Every sum withdrawn from a government account is tied to a subhead and there must be a budgetary provision. To attribute fraud to withdrawals which had the full sanction of Government and was accommodated in the budget is strange, mischievous and untenable. More so, when one understands that there are checks and balances which guide all aspects of government financial administration,” he said.