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VON DG Osita Okechukwu, detained by the EFCC over alleged ₦1.3bn fraud

  • Osita Okechukwu, the VON’s boss, is being probed for corruption and fraud

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 appeared to the anti-graft agency’s Abuja headquarters at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday to honor an invitation.

Osita Okechukwu

 

Mr Okechukwu, a vocal member of the governing All Progressive Congress (APC), is believed to be under investigation for suspected conspiracy, abuse of power, and misappropriation of N1.3 billion in public funds, but the charges against him are still hazy.

As of the publication of this report, he was still with the anti-corruption agency. When contacted by CHECHEBLOGS on Sunday morning, his phone was switched off.

Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesman for the EFCC, confirmed the VON chief executive’s invitation but declined to comment more when contacted.

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 alleged anti-party activity. Later, the suspension was lifted.

In 2016, Mr Okechukwu, a vocal supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, was appointed the director-general of VON.

In 2019, he declared his intention to run for the Senate seat representing Enugu West. He sought to replace Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party who has represented the district since 2003 but lost the APC primaries.

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