EFCC begins probe of Uduaghan administration
Delta State Governor, Emmanuel
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has
commenced an investigation into the administration of
Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Investigations on Wednesday revealed that a team of
operatives attached to the Economic Governance Unit of the
commission was entrusted with the responsibility of looking
into the account books of the Delta State Government under
A reliable source disclosed to our correspondent that some
officials of the state government would appear before the
commission to answer questions in relation with alleged
economic crimes next week.
It was learnt that some former commissioners and principal
officers of the stateâ€™s seventh House of Assembly would be
invited by the commission for interrogation.
The source said that one of the principal officers of the
House was at the commissionâ€™s headquarters last week.
It was gathered that the team investigating the immediate
past Delta State administration had not invited the former
It was gathered that Uduaghanâ€™s invitation would be
determined by the outcome of the investigation of the
â€œIt is not true that Uduaghan and his aides were quizzed by
the commission. Even his aides have not even been
quizzed. The commission has invited some of the officials
who served under the former governor. Some of them are
commissioners and others are principal officers of the
House of Assembly.
â€œOnly one of the principal officers (name withheld) has
appeared and left. The others are expected next week. The
governor was not invited. He can only be invited after the
interrogation of the officials involved. For now, he is out of
When our correspondent contacted the Head, Media and
Publicity, EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, to comment on the
story, he said he had not been briefed about the said
Uduaghan had in May denied an allegation by a group
which accused him of embezzling over N200bn which was
appropriated to the Delta State Oil Producing Areas
The group, under the aegis of the Delta Youths for Good
Governance and Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum had
alleged that the governor had embezzled the money and
was speeding up plans to scrap the commission before
leaving office on May 29, 2015.
The leader of the forum, Prince Kpokpogri, alleged that
some members of the state seventh House of Assembly
connived with the governor to secure N40bn bond.
Speaking through his Communications Manager, Paul Odili,
Uduaghan, had, however, said the allegations were false
Odili said, â€œPeople are just heaping all kinds of allegations
against the person of the governor. How can the governor
take such a huge amount of money? It is cheap blackmail
because the governor has the interest of Deltans at heart
and he cannot do that. That allegation is ridiculous and
from an ignorant mind.â€
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