Senator Bassey Akpan, a lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North-East senatorial district, has been arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly receiving vehicles worth N303m from a businessman, Babajide Omokore, who is under trial for alleged fraud.
Akpan, according to EFCC, while serving as a Commissioner for Finance under the government of Senator Godswill Akpabio, allegedly gave contracts to Omokore worth billions of naira.
It was learnt that Akpan was arrested by the anti-graft agency on Tuesday.
Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC Spokesman, confirmed the arrest to our correspondent via a text message. On when the senator was arrested, Uwujaren stated, “Yes, he was brought in yesterday (Tuesday).”
“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.
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.