The former governor of Akwa Ibom State and immediate past minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio, is suffering from pneumonia and cardiac arrhythmia.
This was revealed in a letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, through his lawyer, Umeh Kalu, who declared that the Senator would not be available due to ill health as he had already arranged medical appointments overseas, noting that he is suffering from pneumonia and cardiac arrhythmia.
The commission had in a letter asked Akpabio to appear at its office today Wednesday, March 29, 2023, over a multi-billion Naira fraud case.
The former Akwa Ibom governor consequently asked the EFCC to pick another date after the forthcoming Easter and Ramadan holidays, citing his ill health as an excuse to dishonor the anti-graft agency’s invitation for questioning.
The statement reads:
“We continue to act as solicitors to Senator Godswill Akpabio and write you at his instance. We write to convey our client’s inability to honor 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.”