In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 12th, June, 2020

Rochas Okorocha Breaks Silence After EFCC Mentioned It Recovered N7.9 Billion From Him

Rochas Okorocha Breaks Silence After EFCC Said It Recovered N7.9 Billion From Him

 

Rochas Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha

 

Former Imo Governor and member representing Imo West Senatorial District, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has accused the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) of peddling falsehood towards him. He mentioned the fee lied when it launched a report that it recovered billions from him.

 

Recall that the Head of the Port Harcourt zone of the EFCC, Mr. Usman Imam, had claimed on Thursday that he recovered N7.9 billion from Okorocha whereas he was incharge of Enugu zone of the fee.

 

The EFCC chief was additionally quoted to have talked about Okorocha’s properties marked in Owerri and Abuja, by the fee.

 

Reacting to the allegations in an announcement on Friday in Owerri, Okorocha said the anti-graft company or anyone else by no means recovered N7.9 billion or another sum of money from him.

 

The previous governor challenged the fee to show him flawed by publishing particulars and house owners of the accounts cash allegedly recovered from him.

 

He additionally challenged the EFCC to publish the small print of the mentioned property it marked and seized from him, emphasising the properties marked had been acquired by him about 20 years in the past.

 

In accordance with him, the fee was misinformed by these after him, saying he would expect a retraction of the story and public apology from the EFCC within the coming days if the fee couldn’t publish particulars of the so referred to as N7.9 billion

 

The assertion signed by his Media Adviser, Sam Onwuemeodo, reads: “The EFCC as a fee or Mr Usman Imam as an individual and Head of Enugu zone then, and at present, that of Port Harcourt Zone, of the fee, by no means recovered N7.9 billion or another sum of money, from Rochas Okorocha

“With this denial, we due to this fact problem EFCC or Mr. Imam because the one who made the declare, to show us flawed by publishing particulars of the Financial institution Accounts the cash was discovered and the house owners of the accounts.

“We maintain the EFCC and its personnel in a really excessive esteem. And we anticipate the fee or Mr. Imam to take our denial very severe, as a result of Nigerians of goodwill wish to know who’s saying the reality or who’s mendacity.

“The place the fee finds out that it had misinformed the general public and had additionally blackmailed the previous Imo governor, maybe unconsciously, we anticipate the fee or Mr. Imam to do the needful, which is to retract the media assertion after which inform Nigerians the right story. The N7.9 billion in query have to be in financial institution Accounts. Let the EFCC publish the Accounts’ Particulars immediately”.

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The assertion additional provides, “Mr Imam talked about properties owned by Okorocha which the fee had marked. Additionally it is necessary that Mr. Imam 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 printed for Nigerians to know the reality.

“We’ve got 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’ve got made this specific declare severally and the EFCC or another individual or individuals have by no means faulted our declare.

“It has additionally been on the idea of those petitions written by the PDP authorities then led by Chief Emeka Ihedioha towards Okorocha and the household, that the EFCC has been on the neck of Okorocha.

“Even after that Authorities 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.

“A few of the panels have submitted their reviews to the present authorities within the state led by Governor Hope Uzodinma whereas others are nonetheless sitting and equally conducting media trials on Okorocha.

“Clearly, the EFCC has been misinformed. And the fee is utilizing such misinformation to hold out media trial on Okorocha and in some instances, has even convicted him earlier than the trial which Mr. Imam had talked about.

“We wish to reiterate that EFCC has not recovered any cash from Okorocha together with the N7.9 billion claimed by Mr. Imam. And it’s left for EFCC to show us flawed. And if the fee discovers that our declare is the right story, Mr. Imam ought to retract the media assertion and inform the world the right story”.

 

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