The Senate majority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has debunked reports of his arrest on Friday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, saying he went to the anti-graft agency’s Abuja headquarters of his own volition to respond to a petition that was filed against him.
There were reports yesterday night that the former Akwa Ibom State governor was arrested by the EFCC over alleged N108.1 billion fraud.
Akpabio was also accused of mismanaging the state’s funds, and plunging it into huge debt.
About N18 billion of the said sum was allegedly lavished on special services, reception of very important guests and sundry items.
He was also said to be under probe for allegedly acquiring five choice properties in Abuja and Lagos.
The EFCC is acting on a petition written by an Abuja-based lawyer and activist, Leo Ekpenyong.
Reacting to news of the former governor’s arrest, his media aide, Mr. Jackson Udom, said Akpabio only visited the EFCC, but he was silent on whether his principal was being detained or had been released.
Udom also confirmed that the Senate minority leader visited the EFCC Friday evening on his own volition, based on some spurious allegations by Mr. Ekpenyong.
He said: “This evening, Senator Akpabio left his Abuja residence to honour an invitation by the EFCC.
“So the issue of being arrested is certainly out of it. Media practitioners should be able to differentiate between an arrest and an invitation so that the reading public would not be misled”.