Senate Minority Leader and former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, currently being investigated by the EFCC over allegations of embezzlement of public funds has made withdrawals to the tune of N17.4 billion in one day.
This is coming barely 24 hours after reports revealed that the EFCC had frozen the personal account of Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
Senator Akpabio who is allegedly being investigated for corruption and the looting of over N2.7 trillion from the Akwa Ibom State Government treasury quickly withdrew N17.4 billion today from his bank accounts.
Reports say the withdrawals were made simultaneously in Abuja, Lagos and Uyo the Akwa Ibom State capital. The monies were withdrawn from Senator Akpabio’s account in Zenith, Stanbic IBTC and Guarantee Trust Bank.
According to investigations, the withdrawals were done within a period of about four hours. The withdrawal in Uyo was coordinated by an aide of the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government (SSG), that of lagos was done by an associate of the former Governor, whil the Abuja withdrawals was done by a senior legislative aide at the office of the Senate Minority Leader.
Meanwhile, palpable fear, tension, anxiety and apprehension could be observed at Akpabio’s ancestral hometown in Ukana Local Government in Akwa Ibom.
Withdrawals Of N17.4 Billion Made By Akpabio
Reports say a secret emergency meeting of Akpabio’s immediate family members was summoned on Tuesday night at the Senator’s country home in Ukana, hours after receiving information of the freezing of Governor Fayose’s personal bank account by the EFCC.
Also discussed at the meeting was the possibility of the EFCC freezing the accounts of other members of the Akpabio family.
Sources close to the Akpabio family allege that a cousin to the former Governor who benefitted from several contracts running into billions of Naira when Akpabio was Governor of Akwa Ibom, was said to have been cold and sober all through the meeting and hurriedly cancelled his Dubai trip.
He was initially billed to travel to the UAE with his family. Reports also say that the meeting which lasted for over three hours had in attendance a regional manager of one of the new generation banks in Uyo. More developments on this story as it unfolds.