N40bn fraud: Akpabio fails to honour EFCC invitation

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Abuja, March 29, 2023 – Godswill Akpabio, a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, on Wednesday failed to honour the invitation of the EFCC on health reasons.

Akpabio was invited by the EFCC over a petition alleging abuse of office and misappropriation of about N40 billion at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Akpabio, in a letter by his lawyer, Umeh kalu, gave poor health as the reason for his inability to meet the appointment in the commission scheduled for March 29.

Kalu explained in the letter that his client’s absence was due to an ongoing arrangement to relocate him overseas for a medical appointment.

“As mentioned in our last letter to you dated February 10, 2023, our client is undergoing treatment for pneumonia and cardiac arrhythmia, and, has recently been advised to seek further attention abroad.

“It is in the light of the above, that we respectfully request that our client’s appointment with you be rescheduled to a date convenient to your officers, preferably after the forthcoming Easter and Ramadan holidays.

“This request is in no way intended to disrespect your high office, even as we regret every conceivable inconvenience that our request will occasion on you and your team of operatives.

“Please accept the assurances of our professional regards, while thanking you for your understanding,” Umeh wrote. (GBN)

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