We reported here that Godswill Akpabio, Senate Minority Leader and former Akwa Ibom State governor, may have fled to the United States to escape prosecution in Nigeria.
Akpabio was involved in a car crash in Abuja, then flew to London for treatment and from there he went to the US. There are rumours that he may have facilitated the accident to use it as an excuse to leave Nigeria.
He has a lot to answer for in Nigeria as the anti-corruption agency is investigating him for looting about $542.6m from his state’s coffers. His fraud involved inflating contracts for the numerous white elephant projects he initiated in the state. Many are uncompleted after billions of naira were sunk into them, including a so-called international standard hospital in Uyo, Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre (cost $527m and rising and uncompleted), etc.
The state despite receiving $15bn in federal allocations during Akpabio’s eight years in office, now owes $3bn.
Akpabio is alleged to have used the state’s resources to terrorise and kill opponents during his reign and to install his successor as governor.