Former Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha has finally broken silence over his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the allegations of misappropriation of public funds.
A source from EFCC told Sahara Reporters that the commission had sent an invitation to Okorocha, but he failed to honour it. And that EFCC had been following him for days, and that on Tuesday they stormed his office and arrested him.
Recall that last year, EFCC had said that they returned 2.5 billion naira which was recovered from Okorocha to the state government.
And some hours ago, the Senator opened up on why the anti-graft agency stormed his Unity House office at Garki, Abuja, and arrested him yesterday.
In the report which was made by Sahara Reporters, Okorocha said that to them, the commission is doing its job, and it needs to be given the necessary cooperation.
Speaking through his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, he said that as a law-abiding citizen, Okorocha will always cooperate with the anti-graft commission over the Matter in Courts.
He said that EFCC is not a slaughter house, but is a very responsible institution, and that people should learn to see the EFCC that way.
He further said that when Okorocha left office as Imo State Governor, Imo State Government began writing petitions upon petitions against him, and that Okorocha is also being investigated because of the change of leadership in EFCC.
He said that because of those petitions, the EFCC has been in several courts with Okorocha. He said that there is nothing wrong for the EFCC to invite Okorocha over for clarifications on the matters, especially now that the commission has new leadership.
He said that the case between the EFCC and Okorocha over his time as governor of Imo State has been pending in courts for some time now, but then, at the end of the day they will know whether EFCC will be withdrawing the case against Okorocha or they will continue with the case that is already in courts.
Okorocha and the current governor of Imo State Hope Uzodinma have been at loggerheads for some time now. Uzodinma accuses him of corruption and misappropriation during his time as the governor of Imo State. Some weeks ago, reports had emerged that Imo State Government has sealed Okorocha's property in the state.
In his reaction to the action from the Uzodinma-led government, Okorocha had stormed the place to forcefully open the property, and the action had led to a confrontation between the security personnel who were there on the ground and Okorocha's men. And police had come around to take Okorocha in for questioning.
The Imo State Government accuses Okorocha of personalizing property that belonged to the state government.
Well, time will tell what becomes of the case between Okorocha and the EFCC.
What do you think about the case between Okorocha and the EFCC - do you think Okorocha was corrupt during his time as governor of Imo State?
Credit: Sahara Reporters
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