T.A Orji plotted my arrest, to tarnish my image, says Apugo


All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Prince Benjamin Apugo accused Theodore Orji of plotting his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Prince Benjamin Apugo(Pictured right) when arrested by the men of EFCC at his country home in Umuahia

He said “the evil design did not yield the desired result.”

Addressing newsmen at his Nkata Ibeku country home in Umuahia North Local Government, Apugo narrated how Theodore Orji, when he was governor, wanted to buy his six plots of land at Umulari Layout, Umuahia, which was the bone of contention, but he refused.

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He said; “When T.A Orji was governor of Abia State; he wanted to buy six plots from our land at Umulari Layout, Umuahia. I told the person he sent that if T.A Orji was prepared to pay N1 billion for one to leave the land, he would not get it because his money is accidental. I don’t want such money to come into our purse.

“He (Orji) then went back and used one of the blackmailers I didn’t even know where he came from. The man called Izuwa met the caretaker of that layout and asked for a purchase and the caretaker sold six plots to him not knowing that it was T.A Orji who gave him money to buy it.

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When you even look at the man (whom if I even see now, I will not recognise him), you will know he had no such money. The man went to search in the state Ministry of Lands and it was certified it was BB Apugo’s landed property.

“After selling the land to him, the man went back to the ministry where it was registered in his name.

Eventually, when T.A Orji collected the documents of the land pretending that the man came for Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) when in the actual agreement between us and government, it was stated that what was given the layout was automatic C of O, meaning that anybody buying any plot of land from the layout was covered immediately I signed the documents.

“What happened in this case was that since it was not the man that bought the land, it was T.A Orji that went behind just to tarnish my image. He took the documents of the land and wrote to EFCC that I sold Nigerian Railway Corporation’s (NRC) land.

NRC rail lines are about four kilometres to that place, they have no land there. They have no business there and did not acquire land from me there.

And, NRC did not say they owned any land there. if there was anything like that, it was NRC and not T.A that should have taken me to court.”

Apugo said after writing the petition over the land deal that took place in 2014 when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was still the president, the former governor kept mounting pressure on EFCC and they dragged him to court.

“Now, from the pressure T.A was giving them because of the money he gave them, they took me to court without serving me and the judge of the Federal High Court 2 in Umuahia, Justice E.E Osiago refused their plea to give them authority to go and serve me court summons.

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“But when they put pressure on the judge handling the matter, surprisingly, the same judge that refused the EFCC motion to serve me, came to court the following day and issued a warrant of arrest against me.”

The APC chieftain said despite the fact that his lawyer appealed against the bench warrant at the Court of Appeal at Owerri and served the Federal High Court, Umuahia, saying it was wrong for the court to issue warrant of arrest when his client has not been served, yet EFCC officials went to his house to execute that order.

The judge was compromised, everybody will look at it that way because there is no way you will issue warrant of arrest on somebody you have not served.”

“T.A planned it in a way with the judge and officials of the EFCC that if I was arrested on Friday and taken into custody by the EFCC, then before Tuesday when I will appear in court since Monday (today) is public holiday, he (T.A) would have used his hacks to tell Nigerians that I am a criminal. But it did not work out for them and it should be left to Nigerians and Abians in particular to know between T.A and I who is supposed to be in prison for looting Abia funds, he added.

Meanwhile, Senator Orji is yet to respond to the statement.



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