- Former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has denied claims that EFCC recovered N5.7bn from him
- EFCC had on Thursday, June 11, said that N5.7bn was recovered out of N7.9bn seized from Okorocha
Okorocha, however, challenged the anti-graft agency to publish the details of the transactions to prove its case
Former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) never recovered N7.9 billion from him.
TheCable reports that the ex-governor was reacting to a statement credited to the zonal head of the EFCC in Port Harcourt office, Imam Usman, on Thursday, June 11, that the commission has returned N5.7 billion out of the N7.9 billion allegedly recovered from him to the state government.
Legit.ng gathered that in a statement issued by Okorocha's spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, on Friday, June 12, said the EFCC was misinformed to peddle falsehood against the former governor.
He asked the anti-graft agency to publish details and owners of the accounts where the money said to have been recovered from him was domiciled.
“The EFCC as a commission or Mr. Usman Imam as a person and head of Enugu zone then, and today, that of Port Harcourt Zone, of the commission, never recovered N7.9 billion or any other amount of money, from Rochas Okorocha.
“With this denial, we, therefore, challenge EFCC or Mr. Imam as the one who made the claim, to prove us wrong by publishing details of the bank accounts the money was found and the owners of the accounts.
“Where the commission finds out that it had misinformed the public and had also blackmailed the former Imo governor, perhaps unconsciously, we expect the commission or Mr. Imam to do the needful, which is to retract the media statement and then tell Nigerians the correct story. The N7.9 billion in question must be in bank accounts. Let the EFCC publish the accounts’ details without delay.
“Mr Imam talked about properties owned by Okorocha which the commission had marked. It is also important that Mr. Imam publish those properties because the properties marked had been acquired by Okorocha about twenty years ago,” Onwuemeodo said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Okorocha said that an Almajiri kid could become a president of Nigeria in the future, hence the need for the government to give them deserving attention that would secure their future.
It was reported that Almajiri, also known as Almajiranci or Almajirai is a system of Islamic education in northern Nigeria for the male gender seeking Islamic knowledge. Under the system, a boy is mandated to travel in search of knowledge.
Okorocha called for the end to the system that has seen many young boys abused, with the repatriation saga being the last straw breaking the camel's back.
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