BREAKING NEWS: EFCC arrests Senator Bassey Albert

Reports say Senator Bassey Albert, representing Akwa Ibom North East (PDP) senatorial district, has been arrested by men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A source in commission said Albert was arrested yesterday at about 2p.m. by operatives of the commission.

“He was arrested yesterday. He is currently in our custody. Those in-charge of interrogation are doing so. But I can’t disclose the details now”.

No official statement has been made on the arrest yet.

Early on Wednesday, family members of the lawmaker were seen at the anti-graft office.

An official of the agency said they brought clothes for the senator to change up.

Senator Albert has been under investigation by the Special Presidential Investigative Panel on Recovery of Public Property.

The panel in a letter dated March 28, 2018, signed by its chairman, Okoi Obono-Obla, said Albert had been under investigation in Nigeria for illicit acquisition of assets and money laundering”.

The panel said Senator Albert in a letter of asset declaration dated August 8, 2015, said he had a number of landed property in London, United Kingdom, which he acquired through Barclays Bank of London financed mortgage totalling more than one million pounds.

“The circumstances under which Senator Bassey Albert Akpan acquired all these landed properties in the United Kingdom are suspicious taking into account that for the past ten years he has always been a public officer and his legitimate earnings are far below the worth of the assets he has acquired in the United Kingdom”, the panel said in part.

When contacted on telephone Wednesday afternoon, Anny Michaels, Albert’s media aide, simply responded “no comment”.

EFCC, in April, summoned Albert over a curious N30 billion vote for direct labour projects he was involved during the tenure of former Governor Godswill Akpabio.

According to The NATION, the said cash was suspected to have been laundered into some private accounts.

Details of the case will be reported later.

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