Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has disclosed that the anti graft agency is currently embarking on a thorough investigation on Rochas Okorocha,the Governor of Imo State and the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress Governors Forum.
The anti graft agency boss disclosed this while speaking during an exclusive interview with Channels Television.
When questioned if the agency is investigating Governor Okorocha of Imo State he responded by saying “definitely”
“Of course, we are doing a couple of checks and investigations here and there. We are investigating almost everybody,” The EFCC Chairman stated.
The EFCC boss stated that the anti graft agency would require some certain level before it can reveal any information about current investigation.
In his statement, it is necessary not to divulge details so that it will not affect or jeopardise the entire investigation process.
It will be recalled that there’s an interim fundamental human right order restraining any government agency from arresting or prosecuting the governor after his fundamental human rights plea was approved by the court in the suit.
He stated that he has received several invitations “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.”
The number one citizen in Imo State stated this in two separate fundamental rights enforcement suits marked FHC/ABJ/CS/474/19 and FHC/ABJ/CS/475/19 and filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, adding that the anti-corruption agencies had been directed to arrest and keep him in detention as soon as he handed over as governor on May 29.
An affidavit filed in support of the suit read in part, “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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