By Chinonso Alozie – Owerri
Former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has challenged the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to publish particulars of the financial institution accounts the place it recovered from him (Okorocha) N7.9 billion.
Okorocha who’s representing Imo West senatorial district, in a press release in Owerri, by his Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, additionally demanded from the EFCC, to publish the homes of Okorocha, in Owerri and Abuja, which the anti-graft company mentioned it has marked.
Also, the assertion blamed the EFCC saga confronted by Okorocha, on former administration of Emeka Ihedioha and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who they mentioned wrote a petition in opposition to Okorocha and his household.
According to Senator Okorocha’s response on the restoration of N7.9 billion by EFCC, “The media had reported the Head of the Port Harcourt zone of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC), Mr. Usman Imam, to have claimed at a press convention, on Thursday, June 11, 2020, that he recovered N7.9 billion from the previous governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okorocha whereas he was in command of Enugu zone of the fee.
“He was also quoted to have talked about Okorocha’s properties marked in Owerri and Abuja, by the commission.”
And in response, we wish to state as follows; “The EFCC as a fee or Mr Usman Imam as an individual and Head of Enugu zone then, and right now, that of Port Harcourt Zone, of the fee, by no means recovered N7.9 billion or every other sum of money, from Rochas Okorocha.
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“With this denial, we, subsequently, problem EFCC or Mr Imam because the one who made the declare, to show us fallacious by publishing particulars of the Bank Accounts the cash was discovered and the homeowners of the accounts.
“We maintain the EFCC and its personnel in very excessive esteem. And we count on the fee or Mr. Imam to take our denial very critical, as a result of Nigerians of goodwill want to know who’s saying the reality or who’s mendacity.
“Where the commission finds out that it had misinformed the public and had also blackmailed the former Imo governor, perhaps unconsciously, we expect the commission or Mr Imam to do the needful, which is to retract the media statement and then tell Nigerians the correct story. The N7.9 billion in question must be in bank Accounts. Let the EFCC publish the Accounts’ Details without delay.”
On the case of seized properties belonging to the Okorocha’s in Owerri and Abuja, he challenged “Mr Imam to publish these properties as a result of the properties marked had been acquired by Okorocha about twenty years in the past. Since Mr Imam has begun media trial, let the properties be additionally revealed for Nigerians to know the reality.
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“We have repeatedly informed this story, that earlier than the 2019 election, the PDP components in Imo had written to the EFCC, alleging that Okorocha had deliberate to make use of all of the state funds to finance the election of his selection candidates.
“The EFCC, leveraging on the petitions, seized all of the accounts of the state together with those meant for the fee of salaries, pensions, severance allowances, and so forth. We have made this explicit declare severally and the EFCC or every other individual or individuals have by no means faulted our declare.
“It has additionally been on the premise of those petitions written by the PDP authorities then led by Chief Emeka Ihedioha in opposition to Okorocha and the household, that the EFCC has been on the neck of Okorocha.
“Even after that Government had petitioned the fee and the fee appearing on the petitions, the federal government additionally instituted greater than twelve commissions and panels to probe Okorocha and household, on the identical points or objects the EFCC is investigating.
“Some of the panels have submitted their studies to the present authorities within the state led by Governor Hope Uzodinma whereas others are nonetheless sitting and equally conducting media trials on Okorocha.
“Obviously, the EFCC has been misinformed. And the fee is utilizing such misinformation to hold out media trial on Okorocha and in some circumstances, has even convicted him earlier than the trial which Mr. Imam had talked about.
“We want to reiterate that EFCC has not recovered any money from Okorocha including the N7.9 billion claimed by Mr. Imam. And it is left for EFCC to prove us wrong. And if the commission discovers that our claim is the correct story, Mr. Imam should retract the media statement and tell the world the correct story.”
Vanguard News Nigeria.