I’m undergoing treatment for cardiac arrhythmia, lung disease abroad’ – Akpabio tells EFCC


A former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, in a letter on Wednesday, noted that he would not be able to honour the invitation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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The EFCC had in a letter asked Akpabio to appear at its office on March 29, 2023.

Akpabio, however, in a letter forwarded to the EFCC through his lawyer, Umeh Kalu, said he would not be available due to ill health.

Akpabio in the letter claimed to be suffering from pneumonia and cardiac arrhythmia.

Pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs, usually caused by an infection while cardiac arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm.

The former minister asked the anti-graft commission to pick another date after the forthcoming Easter and Ramadan holidays.

The letter read, “We continue to act as solicitors to Senator Godswill Akpabio and write to you at his instance. We write to convey our client’s inability to honour the scheduled visit to your office on the 29th day of March 2022, due to ill health, and already arranged medical appointments overseas.

“As mentioned in our last letter to you dated February 10, 2023, our client is undergoing treatment for pneumonia and cardiac arrhythmia, and has recently been advised to seek further attention abroad.

“It is in light of the above, that we respectfully request that our client’s appointment with you be rescheduled to a date convenient to your officers, preferably after the forthcoming Easter and Ramadan holidays.

“This request is in no way intended to disrespect your high office, even as we regret every conceivable inconvenience that our request will occasion on you and your team of operatives. Please accept the assurances of our professional regards, while thanking you for your understanding.”