Ahead of the May 29, 2023 change of government in Abia state, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced an investigation into the utilization of local government funds by state government officials.
The commission in a letter dated 4th April, 2023 and addressed to the permanent secretary in the ministry of Local Government and chieftaincy affairs invited treasurers and Heads of service in the 17 local government councils for questioning.
The EFCC directed that the affected officers must ‘unfailingly’ report for questioning through the Chairman’s Monitoring Unit (CMU) between 11th April to 3rd May, 2023, Aro Okeigbo Blog reports.
The letter read in part, “this Commission is investigating a case in which the names of the Treasurers and Heads of Service of the Local Government Areas in Abia State featured.
“In view of the above, you are kindly requested to inform and release them to report for an interview through the CMU-1 HQ team on the dates scheduled
against their Local Governments, at 5th Floor, EFCC Headquarters, Plot 301/302 Institutions and Research District, Jabi, Abuja by 10:00 hours, unfailingly.”
Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, J. C. Nwanju appealed for a two-week extension to enable the government make appropriate arrangement for the logistics of the affected officials.