EFCC To Quiz Rivers Speaker, Other Principal Officers

EFCC To Quiz Rivers Speaker, Other Principal Officers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to quiz the Rivers State House of Assembly Speaker, Otelemaba Amachree, and other principal officers loyal to Governor Rotimi Amaechi.

EFCC To Quiz Rivers Speaker, Other Principal Officers

The commission has already interrogated the embattled Majority Leader, Mr. Chidi Lloyd, who has just been granted bail over an attempted murder charge, assault, intent to maim and destruction of government property.

An independent investigation by Saturday PUNCH showed that Lloyd was quizzed over a separate petition, but the details of the petition could not be ascertained as at press time.

There are indications that he would also be invited by the investigation team of the EFCC to give an account of his connection with the new allegations of fraud in the assembly.

A source close to the commission said, “Lloyd will be investigated again. The earlier investigation has nothing to do with the new petition.

“EFCC has set machinery in motion for the daunting task to dig deep into the allegations of fraud. Apart from the speaker, his deputy and Lloyd, chairmen of the committees affected will also be invited.

“The charge against Lloyd at the state high court has nothing to do with this petition,” the source added.

He, however, did not divulge the content of the petition, saying, “It is still being kept under wraps for now. The commission is careful so that people do not misinterpret its steps.”

Justice Letan Nyordee of the Rivers State High Court, Port Harcourt, who, on Tuesday, ordered the detention of Lloyd in custody, granted him bail in the sum of N10m and three sureties.

Two of the sureties, the trial judge said, must have landed property with proof of ownership within Port Harcourt while the accused must deposit his travelling passport with the court.

He added that one of the sureties must be a civil servant of Level 16 and above in the state civil service.

The granting of bail followed an application filed by his counsel, Mr. Beluolisa Nwofor (SAN) on Tuesday.

The matter has been adjourned till November 21, for hearing of a motion to discountenance the information provided by the police.

Though, Lloyd’s counsel hailed the judge’s decision to grant his client bail, he described the bail conditions as “onerous.”

 

 

 

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