EFCC confirms Igbinedion’s arrest over N1.6bn fraud

EFCC confirms Igbinedion’s arrest over N1.6bn fraud


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has confirmed the arrest and detention of Lucky Igbinedion, former governor of Edo State.

Recall that the former Governor was prosecuted 18 years ago by the EFCC and convicted of embezzling N2.9 billion belonging to Edo State.

He was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to a one count charge which was reduced from 191 charges.

Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesman of the EFCC who confirmed Igbinedion’s arrest and detention at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency on Thursday night, however did not give details.

Premium Times reports that Igbinedion who was governor of the State between on May 29, 1999 and 2007, is being grilled at the Abuja headquarters of the EFCC for allegedly diverting public funds to the tune of N1.6 billion.

The paper said his latest invitation bothers a loan obtained by the Edo State government which was allegedly diverted to a company which he has a stake in.

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