Former Deputy Governor of Imo State, Gerald Irona, has debunked claims that he was arrested by the anti-graft company, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s chieftain mentioned the information was “false in its entirety and has no iota of truth in it,” saying he was stress-free in his residence.
This was contained in a press release launched by Irona’s Adviser on Communications, Walter Duru, obtained by SaharaReporters on Friday.
Media was flooded earlier in the present day with the reviews of Irona’s arrest by EFCC officers in reference to corruption allegations on the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Thursday.
The assertion reads, “Our attention has been drawn to a malicious report on some online media platforms alleging that immediate past Deputy Governor of Imo State, Engr. Gerald Irona was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission-EFCC.
“The report claimed that the former Deputy Governor was “intercepted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and taken to the EFCC headquarters for interrogation.”
“The writer further alleged that the former Deputy Governor was involved in the collection of N400m monthly from the account of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission-ISOPADEC, during the administration of Chief Emeka Ihedioha; adding that the former Deputy Governor was also under investigation for allegedly mismanaging N5b counterpart funds for the Rural Access Mobility Project (RAMP). The report added that the former Deputy Governor did not return his passport to the EFCC after using it last year.
“Ordinarily, one would not have bothered responding to the mindless falsehood, but to put the records straight, we respond thus:
“The report is false in its entirety and has no iota of truth in it. Former Deputy Governor of Imo State, Hon. (Engr) Gerald Irona has no case with the EFCC.
“The fact that the writer neither contacted the EFCC Spokesman nor the Spokesman of the former Deputy Governor for confirmation clearly shows the intention of the sponsors of the false report.”
In the assertion, Irona declared that such reviews had been fabricated to tarnish the picture of the Imo politician, including that the general public ought to reject it.
He additionally disclosed there was ongoing authorized session along with his authorized representatives on the falsehood of the information to information what his subsequent motion could be.
“For the avoidance of doubt, immediate past Deputy Governor of Imo State, Hon. (Engr.) Gerald Irona was neither invited nor arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission-EFCC or any other Law Enforcement Agency in Nigeria.
“The former Deputy Governor, Engr. Irona is not under any form of investigation whatsoever. He is relaxing in his residence and is not arrested, invited or wanted by any law enforcement agency or any authority whatsoever, within and/or outside Nigeria,” the assertion added.