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Efcc Detains Ebonyi Speaker Over Alleged N60m Fraud

Source: thewillnigeria.com

SAN FRANCISCO, March 04, (THEWILL) – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Ogbonnaya Francis Nwaifuru, over an alleged misappropriation of N60 million constituency project fund.

The lawmaker, who represents Izzi West state constituency in the Ebonyi State Assembly, under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), allegedly diverted and misappropriated the said sum of N60m constituency project fund before his emergence as the speaker.

An EFCC source revealed that Nwaifuru was first invited on 20th October 2015 to appear before the Enugu zonal office of the Commission but he did not respond to the invitation. A reminder letter was sent to him on November 19, 2015, which he also failed to honour.

THEWILL gathered that the Speaker was thus picked up around 11am, on Friday, March 04, 2016 at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, by operatives of the Commission

“He (Nwaifuru) was picked up at about 11am at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, by operatives of the commission, after he spurned two previous invitations by the agency,” he said.

“Nwaifuru was first invited on October 20, 2015 to appear before the Enugu zonal office of the Commission but did not respond to the invitation. A reminder letter was sent to him on November 19, 2015, which he also failed to respond to.

“The lawmaker, who is representing Izzi West state constituency in the Ebonyi State Assembly, allegedly diverted and misappropriated N60m constituency project fund before his emergence as speaker.”