Another PDP Senator Lands In EFCC Net For Receiving Bribes
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested another Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator.
Bassey Akpan, a PDP senator from Akwa Ibom State, representing Akwa Ibom North-East senatorial district was arrested on Tuesday.
Akpan, a former commissioner in the state is the third PDP senator to have been arrested by the commission in the last three weeks.
The first was Peter Nwaoboshi, a senator from Delta state. He spent some days in custody before being arraigned in court, sent to prison and granted bail.
Jonah Jang, a PDP senator from Plateau State was arrested by the anti-graft agency and is currently in detention following the refusal of a Plateau High Court to grant him bail.
They were all accused of acts of fraud.
Akpan was arrested for allegedly receiving vehicles worth N303m from oil magnate, Babajide Omokore, who is under trial for alleged fraud.
The vehicles were believed to be kickbacks.
According to an EFCC report, Akpan while serving as a Commissioner for Finance under the government of Senator Godswill Akpabio, allegedly gave contracts to Omokore worth billions of naira.
Two of Omokore’s companies — Bay Atlantic Energy and Sahel Energy — were said to have received contracts from Akpan.
The report revealed that the vehicles Akpan allegedly received from Omokore ranged from Range Rover luxury cars to campaign buses and trucks that were bought with the proceeds of fraud.
The report said, “Senator Bassey Akpan received a BMW X5 BP worth N50m; an Infinity QX56BP worth N45m; a Range Rover worth N40m; three Toyota Hiace buses worth N27m; two Toyota Hiace high-roof buses worth N16m, six Toyota Hilux D cabin vehicles worth N42m as well as other vehicles worth N83m.
“He received the vehicles from Omokore while heading a committee which was giving contracts to the same Omokore.
“He has been invited on several occasions but he has refused to show up.”
The lawmaker had, however, denied receiving kickbacks from Omokore, insisting that the businessman was his friend.
“The vehicles are gifts from Jide Omokore on the need to ensure my personal safety. I have known him for 19 years. They are also contributions to my governorship campaign in 2014,” Akpan had said.
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