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EFCC detains ex-Edo gov, Igbinedion, over N1.6bn fraud

by Meso Ejiofor
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Oyogist.com has learned that Lucky Igbinedion, former governor of Edo State, was detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday afternoon.

As of Thursday midnight, the former governor was said to still be in EFCC custody.

Igbinedion is reportedly being grilled at the Abuja headquarters of the EFCC for allegedly diverting public funds to the tune of N1.6 billion.

A loan obtained by the Edo State government is said to have been diverted to a company which he has an interest in.

The latest invitation was confirmed by the spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren who failed to give more details.

Igbinedion served as governor of Edo from 1999 to 2007.

However, not long after he left office, he was prosecuted by the EFCC over allegations of corruption.

In December 2008, a federal high court in Enugu fined the former Edo governor a sum of N3.5 million in a N25 billion financial fraud case.

The former governor, who pleaded guilty to the charges, agreed to pay the fine as an alternative to spending six months in jail.

Igbinedion was also to refund about N500 million and forfeit three properties, including one in Abuja.

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