EFCC Detains Akeredolu’s Finance Commissioner, Wale Akinterinwa

EFCC Detains Akeredolu’s Finance Commissioner, Wale Akinterinwa

by Victor Ndubuisi

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for governor of Ondo State, Wale Akinterinwa, has been arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Akinterinwa, the former finance commissioner for the seven years he served under the late Rotimi Akeredolu, the former governor of Ondo, is being detained in connection with an ongoing inquiry into his tenure.

According to sources, Akinterinwa is being investigated for allegedly mismanaging billions of naira.

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Akinterinwa was reportedly previously invited by the anti-graft agency to be questioned about accusations made against him, but he was reportedly unable to attend because of his alleged busy schedule.


But on Thursday, a few days before the APC’s Ondo State governorship primary, he showed up at the EFCC headquarters.

It’s understood that the EFCC chose to maintain silence regarding Akinterinwa’s detention to avoid influencing his prospects in the APC primary.

A source within the agency clarified, “In the past few weeks, the EFCC invited Akinterinwa for interrogation on the red flag on some issues during his tenure as Commissioner for Finance. But he has not been forthcoming.

“The commission had the option to declare him wanted, but it exercised restrained to avoid being dragged into politics because he was an aspirant for the APC governorship primary.

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“But Akinterinwa voluntarily reported to the EFCC in Abuja. He was taken into custody for quizzing.

“Akinterinwa is still in our custody. We did not arrest or pick him up, but he came up to respond to our long-overdue invitation. I can tell you that his detention has no political undertone,” the source added.



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