EFCC to arraign Kingsley Kuku in absentia


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will this today arraign a former Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Kingsley Kuku, at a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Although Kuku was not available for questioning at EFCC over alleged corruption during his tenure in office, sources within the commission hinted that the anti-graft body was ready to arraign the suspect in absentia.

Spokesperson of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed this development, said Kuku will be arraigned alongside his two former aides on two separate charges bordering on criminal conspiracy, false declaration of assets and fraudulent acquisition of property.

Kuku allegedly conspired with others and awarded contracts running into millions of naira to companies in which they had interests.

He was in July 2015 invited for investigation by EFCC, but did not honour the invitation for health-related reasons.

The former president’s aide informed EFCC that the earliest possible date he would honour the invitation was September 30 2015.

His lawyers had written a letter to the EFCC to say that the former presidential aide was undergoing surgery on one of his knees.

“Our client is currently in the United States of America to, keep appointment with his doctors at the Andrew Sports, medicine and ‘Orthopaedic Centre LLC for surgery on one of his knees.

“He is expected back in Nigeria at the end of September, 2015 after the surgery and recuperation,” the letter, dated July 24, stated.

The lawyers assured that Kuku will report to the EFCC as a “law abiding citizen” by 10.am on September 30. He as however failed to honour the invitation to date.

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