THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the arrest of Ogbonna, son of the former Governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji, has nothing to do with Atiku Abubakar, but rather was in connection with an allegation of money laundering against the ex-governor.
The commission gave the explanation on Monday following reports by several media organisations, that it was the home of Atiku’s children that was raided on Saturday.
Reports earlier on Monday had it that Theodore Orji’s two sons were arrested and later released, but their vehicles remained in the custody of the EFCC. But the commission explained that the person arrested alongside Orji’s son was his friend and not his brother.
“The recent arrest of Ogbonna Orji, son of Sen. Theodore Orji, over money laundering, has absolutely nothing to do with son of ex-VP Atiku Abubakar,” the EFCC tweeted.
“The former Abia governor has been under investigations by the EFCC, for money laundering activities, which was discovered to have been carried out through his sons.
“The EFCC had been on the trail of cars allegedly bought by the sons, and last Friday the cars were traced to a nightclub in Abuja, where operatives waited patiently through the night to arrest the owners – Ogbonna and his friend, Kelvin Ilonah.
“They were arrested at about 5 am on Saturday, and they led operatives to their three-flat apartment, where documents retrieved showed that it was rented at a rate of N13million per annum.
“They have so far given useful information to the EFCC, which is aiding in investigations. It should be made clear that the EFCC never “went after” Atiku’s sons, neither was Atiku’s son arrested by the EFCC.”