There are rife speculations that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress ,APC, is planning to instigate anti graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other security agencies to arrest and detain the Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo State and Chairman of the APC Governors Forum.
In what looks like a confirmation of the speculation Governor Rochas Okorocha has pointed accusing finger at his party’s National Chairman and other top ranking officials of the party of the ruling party of this plot to disgrace him out of office by using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other law enforcement agencies.
The number one citizen in Imo State disclosed this in a two separate fundamental rights enforcement law suit marked HC/ABJ/CS/474/19 and FHC/ABJ/CS/475/19 filed before an Abuja Federal High Court,stating that the anti graft agency and other security outfit had been issued a directive to arrest and detain him as soon as he handed over the helm of affairs as the the Imo State governor on May 29. He stated that he had received almost 25 invitations from the anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies.
“in purported investigation of projects executed by the state government in a bid to find some materials to justify their conclusion that he is guilty of corrupt practices.”
He added that the plan of the APC leaders had been “expanded to include a reign of terror against the applicant’s political, business associates and family members including his wife and children.”
From his statement his political and business associate,family members are being targeted by what he described as a“reign of terror” They are Amen Rochas, Amamchi Rochas, Uzoma Anwukah,Uche Nwosu, Uloma Rochas, Uju Rochas, Uchechi Rochas and Ahamefula Rochas.
While declaring his stance the Imo number one citizen in Imo State stated that he did not commit any offence “to warrant the incessant threats of arrest, detention, the harassment and terror being unleashed upon him and his family.”
While praying that the court should stop EFCC and other agencies from harrassing, intimidating and arresting him and his family members.
The defendants whom the plaintiff is seeking an order to restrain are the following people. Attorney General of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, the Department of State Services, the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, and the Code of Conduct Bureau.
According to him, his travails started because he supported another candidate for the office of the National Chairman of APC against Oshiomhole.
The affidavit filed to support the suit reads below
“The applicant had supported a candidate for the position of National Chairman of the APC other than the current incumbent, Mr Adams Oshiomhole and by reason of various events that occurred at the time, including the detention of Mr Adams Oshiomhole by the EFCC on allegations of corruption, it was assumed that the applicant was a party to that incident.
“Some of the supporters of Adams Oshiomhole at the time are currently very influential in the Federal Government of Nigeria which is controlled by the APC.
“These individuals, including the said current national chairman have decided to carry out a vendetta and revenge against the applicant, including instigating the respondents against the applicant upon their spurious conclusion without evidence that the applicant is guilty of corrupt practices as the governor of Imo State.
“The respondents, proceeding from this position that the applicant is guilty unless proved innocent, between 2017 and now, have extended not less than 25 invitations to the applicant in purported investigation of projects executed by the state government in a bid to find some materials to justify their conclusion that he is guilty of corrupt practices.
“This witch-hunt is clearly politically motivated, baseless, and has been designed only to discredit and humiliate the applicant in a bid to decimate him politically.”
SOURCE: THE PUNCH
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