The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says former Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra is currently in its custody undergoing interrogation after his arrest on Thursday.
Mr Wilson Uwujaren, the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
He said Obiano who was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, was brought to Abuja on Friday morning.
The EFCC spokesman said the former governor had not been released as being speculated in some sections of the media.
“The former governor is currently in our custody undergoing interrogation and I can not say exactly when he will be released. I don’t know how long the exercise will take.
“All I can tell you now is that he is still in the EFCC custody in Abuja,” he said.
Uwujaren further clarified that he was not aware of the arrest of the wife of the former governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, as also being speculated in the media.
NAN reports that Obiano was arrested by the EFCC on Thursday night, hours after his handover to the new Anambra governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
The EFCC in a statement said Obiano was being interrogated for alleged misappropriation of N37 billion security vote and N5 billion Sure-P funds, totaling N42 billion.
It alleged that the former governor also used part of the N42 billion to fund political activities in the state.
“Willie Obiano was arrested for alleged misappropriation of public funds, including, N5bn Sure-P and N37billion security vote, which was withdrawn in cash,” said the EFCC.