- Senator Rochas Okorocha has denied suing the office of the minister of justice and the EFCC for a N1billion
- Okorocha in a statement issued by his spokesperson said the legal team is more focused on ensuring he gets out of EFCC's custody
- The embattled senator is facing a 17-count charge for allegedly diverting public funds to private accounts while he was a serving governor in Imo state
FCT, Abuja - Embattled lawmaker and presidential aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Senator Rochas Okorocha has finally opened up on reports stating that he filed a N1billion lawsuit against the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami for allegedly breaching his fundamental human rights.
According to an earlier report Sahara Reporters, the suit also included the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who carried out an invasion of his Abuja residence on Tuesday, May 24 in order to arrest the serving senator.
As gathered by Legit.ng, the legal counsel to Okorocha, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) prayed to the court to declare the activities of the EFCC and its cohorts as “illegal, null and void”.
Ozekhome also prayed to the court to issue an order that will see the respondent (EFCC) pay his client (Senator Okorocha) the sum of a N1billion for damages and a public apology.
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Contrary to the earlier report, a development report by PUNCH held that the embattled serving senator denied serving the federal government a legal suit.
We're more focus on getting Okorocha bail - Spokesperson
Legit.ng gathered that Okorocha's spokesman, Sam Omwuemeodo, in a statement said that the senator had no reason to sue the AGF because his office was not the one who invaded his home nor took him to court.
Omwuemeodo stated that Okorocha's legal counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) is at present focused on getting his client bail from EFCC custody
“We were concerned with the expected hearing of the bail application today when our attention was drawn to the online stories of N1b suit and engagement of five SANS.
“Okorocha has no reason to take either the Attorney General of the Federation or the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, to court and claim N1b damages, over the invasion of his house, since the incident had nothing to do with AGF or his office."
EFCC speaks on Okorocha's arrest
Meanwhile in an earlier report by Legit.ng, the daughter of the accused, Uloma Nwosu alleged that her father's arrest was political.
Responding to the allegation, the EFCC said Okorocha’s arrest was prompted because he jumped an administrative bail granted to him by the commission as opposed to the speculation that his arrest was political.
Senator Okorocha was arraigned by the commission on Monday, May 30 where he is facing a 17-count charge for money laundering and other related offenses.
Court grants Rochas Okorocha bail from EFCC custody
During his bail hearing on Tuesday, May 31, Justice Inyang Ekwo granted the embattled APC presidential aspirant bail for N500 million.
Okorocha however, is expected to remain in the custody of the EFCC pending when he has met all the bail conditions of the court.
His attorney, Okey Amaechi, while reacting to the court decision stated that his client is willing to meet the bailing conditions.