FROM PETRUS OBI, ENUGU
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC yesterday arrested the Speaker, Ebonyi State House of Assembly Hon. Ognonnaya Francis Nwaifuru for allegedly diverting N60 million meant for his constituency.
A statement signed by Ilupeju Jide of the Enugu Zonal headquarters of the anti graft agency disclosed that the Speaker was arrested at 11am when its officials stormed the premises of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The statement explained that the arrest of Hon. Ognonnaya Francis Nwaifuru was over an alleged diversion and misappropriation of over N60 million project fund for Izzi west constituency which he represents.
The EFCC in the statement disclosed that as a member of the State House of Assembly representing the constituency, an invitation letter was sent to the Speaker on the 20th of October 2015, which was received and acknowledged but the Speaker refused to honour the invitation.
“Also on the same note, a reminder dated 19th of November 2015 was sent to him but the Hon. Speaker also refused to report at the Enugu Zonal Office of the Commission. Consequently, Operatives of the EFCC stormed Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and arrested him. He is however still in custody and being grilled by a team of operatives in charge of the case”, the statement added.