Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio has returned to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), for more questioning after he was allowed to go home yesterday night.
Mr. Akpabio arrived the EFCC at 11:45am this morning, accompanied by his counsel, Rikey Tarfa(SAN) and some aides.
A source who pleaded not to be named because he is not authorized to speak on the issue said as soon as the former governor arrived at the commission, he was moved into the interrogation room.
The source also hinted that the former governor might spend the day with the commission.
Shortly after he regained his freedom, Mr. Akpabio gave insight into why he was interrogated for several hours by EFCC operatives.
Speaking with a reporter after he left the EFCC headquarters late on Friday night, Akpabio said:
A young lawyer from my state has been petitioning the EFCC accusing me of corruption. So shortly before I got involved in an accident in August, the EFCC summoned me to come and respond to the allegations.
But following the accident, I wasn’t well enough to honour the EFCC summon. And I let them know. So today, since I’m now well, and the Senate did not sit, I decided to honour the EFCC so as to answer questions concerning the allegations against me.
I wasn’t arrested. I walked in there myself and now I’m back at home. The EFCC operatives were professional. They asked questions, and I answered.
Mr. Akpabio insisted the allegations against him were false, saying “those making the allegations do not understand how government works
The former governor said the lawyer who dragged him to the EFCC submitted at least four different petitions and that it would take a while for him to respond to each of the allegations.
So I will return to the EFCC again as necessary.
Mr. Akpabio added