By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Embattled former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has denied speculations that members of his family were arrested by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over alleged corrupt dealings.
But in a release signed by Okorocha’s special adviser on media and obtained by Orient Weekend, Okorocha said the story of his arrest with some members of his family was false and had no iota of truth.
“The fact is that the new PDP government in the state has decided not to toe the path of honour but has decided to continue the old way of the party, by trading on lies and falsehood. They call it propaganda. The new government is behind the false story. They even called some media editors to make the story headline.
“We only want to ask them to leave responsible institutions or establishments like EFCC out of their dirty tracks, especially in dishing out their lies. The PDP in the state had written and sponsored a lot of petitions to agencies and Commissions against the former governor. They had told their supporters that the former governor would be whisked away by the EFCC hours after the inauguration on May 29, 2019, and that is the reason behind this falsehood.
“We contend that EFCC is a national institution and established by the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. If they invite the former governor or the wife or any member of his family for interrogation as a result of the PDP’s petitions, they would honour such invitations. And if the Commission decides to also come for any reason, they are also on the right path, since it is on a national assignment.
“So, the PDP or any other group or persons should not give the EFCC the image of an enemy to the people. They should not be dragging EFCC into their dirty politics. The Commission is not at war with anybody and they, PDP, should not create that impression about the Commission.”
Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied allegations that its operatives have arrested the immediate past governor of Imo, Rochas Okorocha.
EFCC’s spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade described the reports making the rounds as “fake” and urged the general public to “disregard it.”
Recently, the Commission’s chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, affirmed that the anti-graft agency was investigating the former governor, who handed over leadership of the state to Emeka Ihedioha after his eight years tenure.
“Of course, we are doing a couple of checks and investigations here and there.We are investigating almost everybody,” the EFCC boss had said.
Magu noted that the commission had to get to a certain level before it could disclose any information about an ongoing investigation. This, he explained, became necessary to prevent any action that could jeopardise or interfere with the process of the inquiry.