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EFCC: Did father and son zoomed all the N551bn only from ABSG coffers?

No doubt, the Report of EFCC Investigation as Published by Major Newspapers in the country which had been trending for days is mind-boggling in the first instance and raises salient question.

Already, many analysts have started having in their minds that Chief Theodore Orji, now a Senator of the Federal Republic and his son, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chinedum Orji Eyinanya may toe same path as predecessor, if justice is done upon diligent prosecution.

The entire alleged looting spree which is coming few months after securing the conviction of a former Abia State governor, Chief Orji Uzo Kalu for corrupt practices, has opened another road to jail if final report suggests that both are accomplices in draining the state treasury within a particular period.

Trouble for the father and son tend to have started from a petition dated March 17, 2017, filed by Fight Corruption: Save Nigeria Group, the former governor was accused of receiving and diverting various sums of monies meant for the state’s development.

According to the petition, the monies were N383bn revenue from federal accounts, N55bn excess crude revenue, N2.3bn Sure-P, N1.8bn ecological funds, N10.5bn loan from First Bank of Nigeria through the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs, N4bn loan from Diamond Bank, N12bn Paris Club refund, N2bn agricultural loan for farmers and N55bn Abia State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ASOPADEC).

The petitioners alleged that the funds were received by the Abia State government, and nothing commensurate to show for it.

Based on the petition, EFCC commenced investigations and discovered that the former governor, who was a Chief of Staff to the convicted ex-governor Orji Kalu, was the Authorising Officer drawing N500m monthly purportedly as Security Vote, which was converted.

After becoming governor in 2007, he continued to draw the N500m cash monthly from June 2007 to May 2015.

The N500m, investigation revealed, was aside security funds expended on the Nigerian Police, The Nigerian Army, DSS, Navy anti-Kidnapping Squad, anti-robbery Squad, purchase of Security equipment and vehicles for the security agencies.

Investigation was extended to his family members to ascertain the link and their culpability in the alleged fraud.

The ex-governors first son, Chinedum Orji Eyinanya (aka Ikuki Abia meaning Abia breeze), who is currently Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, is now a frequent guest at EFCC Headquarters to throw light on his involvement in the fraud. He was with operatives of the Commission last Thursday.

A check on his financial activities revealed that he had about 100 accounts in different banks, with over 80 percent of them still very active. The accounts, which were both corporate and individual, received so much deposit in cash without evidence of job or services rendered.

Fotoworld Industry Limited, with GTBank account number 2022025805 is traced to Chinedum. The company received deposit of $20, 849, 044.21 (Twenty million eight hundred and forty-nine thousand and forty-four dollars, twenty-one cent). Same company with another account number 2022025764 in First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) received a cumulative deposit of N362, 573, 056.50 (Three hundred and sixty-two thousand, five hundred and seventy-three thousand and fifty-six naira, fifty kobo).

Fotoworld has several other accounts with FBN. The accounts and deposits are 2026144229, $84, 000 cash deposit between 2014 and 2015; between 2012 and 2015. Account number 2022025764 housed N342, 573, 056.50, while account number 2022025939 between November 2012 and July 2015 received a deposit of 1, 689, 320.89 Pounds Sterling.

The GTBank account 0039060117 of the same company housed N88, 300, 000 (Eighty-eight billion, three hundred thousand Naira) between February 2009 and July 2014.

Fotoworld Industry Limited, with GTBank account number 2022025805, also traced to Chinedum, received deposit of $20, 849, 044.21 (Twenty million eight hundred and forty-nine thousand and forty-four dollars, twenty-one cent). Same company with account number 2022025764 in First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) received a cumulative deposit of N362, 573, 056.50 (Three hundred and sixty-two thousand five hundred and seventy-three thousand and fifty-six Naira, fifty kobo).

Fotoworld also has several other accounts with FBN. The accounts and deposits are 2026144229 with $84, 000 cash deposit between 2014 and 2015; between 2012 and 2015, account number 2022025764 with the same bank housed N342, 573, 056.50; Account number 2022025939 with the same bank, between November 2012 and July 2015 received a deposit of 1, 689, 320.89 Pounds Sterling.

Exact Construction Limited, equally traced to Chinedum, is believed to have no record of any construction work in the country. Nonetheless, it received humongous deposits in Keystone Bank account. Between October 2008 and February 2015, the company account number 005374800 had deposits of N1, 188, 924, 190.41 (One billion, one hundred and eighty-eight thousand, nine hundred and twenty-four thousand one hundred and ninety Naira, forty-one kobo).

Another deposit of N636, 372, 642.85 (Six hundred and thirty-six thousand, three hundred and seventy-two million, six hundred and forty-two Naira eighty-five kobo) was paid into Exact Construction Limited, Keystone Bank account number 1001538949.

The GTBank account 0039060117 of the same company housed N88, 300, 000 (Eighty-eight billion, three hundred thousand Naira) between February 2009 and July 2014.

FBN account number 2008232908 also received lodgment of N599, 771, 424.25 between January 2011 and June 2016. Account number 200823298 had N731, 135, 357.04 between 2007 and 2016.

Fotofast Industry Limited is another company registered by the first family to siphon the state’s resources.  Several accounts were opened in FBN by the company. The sum of N20, 861, 165.95 was deposited into FBN account number 2014629152 between 2011 and 2017. Between 2011 and 2016, another N223, 929, 515.37 was lodged in Fotofast’s account number 2015559102 domiciled in FBN.

Other lodgments in different Fotofast Industry Limited accounts with FBN are account number 2014629152 (N4, 103, 574, 603.59); account number 2015559102 (N223, 929, 515.37). Account number 2005428513 had N1, 719, 939, 006.77 between 2007 and 2015, while account number 2015559102 had N273, 941, 436.47. Between 2011 and 2015, FBN account number 2014668964 received the sum of N64, 898, 657.77.

Fotofast Industry also opened several accounts with GTBank. They include account number 0040777462, which received deposits of N425, 606, 131.71 between 2002 and 2009. Account number 0040777479 received N71, 815, 987 between 2002 and 2008. Account number 0040777486 had N23, 463, 880 between 2008 and 2010, while N158, 499, 815 was deposited in the GTBank account number 0040777493. Another N50 million was lodged in GTBank account number 0039691058.

Orji Chinedum Eyinaya’s Diamond’s (now Access Bank) personal account number 0029937780 in 2011 alone had $47, 726. 64. His personal account number 2014435973 with FBN had N117, 743, 822.01, while his account number 0023390147 with Diamond Bank had $124, 284, 624.18. His FBN account number 2005428506 had N342, 699, 356.36 between 2007 and 2017.

Other personal accounts of the Speaker are the FCMB account number 3237996011 with N384, 914, 501.50 between 2016 and 2019. Another N205, 508, 500 was into FCMB account number 3237996028 between 2016 and 2019.

Another Chinedu’s FBN account number 2024073408 also received $601, 716.62 between 2013 and 2015. His FBN account number 2014435973 also had N153, 943, 822.01 between 2009 and 2016. Another N153, 000, 000 was deposited in account number 2014435973. His Access bank account number 0023390147 had N178, 389, 547.25 between 2011 and 2019 and another $48, 000 in the same bank account number 0029937780 in 2010.

Cheetah Press Limited is another concern of the ex-governors son. The company with FBN account number 2006413367 had deposits of N1, 083, 731, 890.93 between 2007 and 2017. In Union Bank, the same company had a deposit of N430, 980, 632.18 in account number 0034400341 (This account had consistent cash lodgment to the said amount.)

Cheetah’s Standard Chartered account number 000171072 had N42, 009, 795.36 between 2011 and 2016.  At GTBank, account number 0107577738 and N241, 059074. 24 were traced to Cheetah Press between 2011 and 2016, and another N966, 041, 454 between 2011 and 2016. In UBA alone, Cheetah’s account number 1015210129 had N143, 851, 800 between 2010 and 2018, while account number 1008016040 had N2, 226, 458, 581.35 between 2016 and 2020. Yet another UBA account number 1011361993 had N782, 694, 255.77 between 2007 and 2019.

Travel BETA. COM Ltd., with 3002133811 had $788, 174.22 between 2016 and 2020, while BETA.COM, yet another concern of the Orjis had $788, 174.22 between 2016 and 2020.

Analysis of several other accounts is still ongoing, as at the time of filing this report even as the duo of father and son are yet to make any form of statement either countering or denying the entire report so far.