The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained a former governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion, over alleged criminal diversion of public funds to the tune of N1.6 billion.
Premium Times reports that the ex-governor was being grilled by detectives at EFCC’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.
Shortly after his exit as governor in 2007, Igbinedion was prosecuted by the EFCC and convicted of corruption.
But the new investigation is based on fresh evidence that the former governor diverted a loan obtained by the Edo State government to settle the financial indebtedness of a company in which he was said to have an interest.
The latest invitation was confirmed by the spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren who failed to give more details.
Igbinedion, governor of Edo State from 1999 to 2007, was convicted for embezzling N2.9 billion belonging to the state in December 2008.
Following a plea bargain agreement he entered into with the EFCC, the 191 charges were pruned down to only one count to which Igbinedion pleaded guilty.
In exchange for his guilty plea, the Federal High Court in Enugu sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment with an option of N3.5 million fine.