VON DG Osita Okechukwu detained by the EFCC

VON DG Osita Okechukwu detained by the EFCC

Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to commission sources, Mr Okechukwu arrived at the anti-graft agency’s Abuja headquarters around 1.30 p.m. on Saturday to honor an invitation.

Mr Okechukwu, a vociferous member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), is believed to be under investigation for suspected conspiracy, abuse of power, and misappropriation of N1.3 billion in public monies, though the allegations against him are still hazy.

As of the publication of this report, he was still working for the anti-corruption agency.

Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesman for the EFCC, acknowledged the VON chief executive’s invitation but declined to comment further when reached.

Mr Okechukwu, along with former governors of Imo and Ogun, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun, were suspended by the APC National Working Committee (NWC) in 2019 for suspected anti-party actions. Later, the suspension was lifted.

In 2016, Mr Okechukwu, a vociferous supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, was named director-general of VON.

In 2019, he stated his desire to seek for the Senate seat representing Enugu West. He ran for the Peoples Democratic Party’s Ike Ekweremadu, who has represented the seat since 2003, but lost the APC primary.

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