EFCC never recovered N7.9bn from me – Okorocha fumes


Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has debunked claims by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that it has recovered the sum of N7.9 billion from him.

The Herald had reported that the EFCC through its Port Harcourt’s Zonal Head, Usman Imam said it seized N7.9 billion from the former governor during an investigation. He equally said that the Imo West Senator would soon be charged to court.

But in a Friday statement signed by his spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha demanded an immediate retraction of the EFCC’s statement.

He equally challenged the anti-graft commission to name the accounts from which the funds were recovered.

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“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.

“We hold the EFCC and its personnel in very high esteem. And we expect the commission or Mr Imam to take our denial very serious, because Nigerians of goodwill would like to know who is saying the truth or who is lying.

“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.”

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