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Okorocha responds as Magu says EFCC is investigating him

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Outgoing Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has reacted to comments by EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu that the commission is investigating him.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor queried the rationale behind Magu’s decision to make such comments in London around the same time that the commission’s South East Office organised a press conference on the same issue.

Okorocha said an earlier press conference by the South East zonal Chairman of EFCC, Usman Imam, on Friday, clearly douses his suspicion.

He said that such “desperate” moves “raised an eyebrow”.

According to him, the same persons behind INEC’s withholding of his Certificate of Returns were behind the EFCC’s plot against him.

He said, “Alhaji Magu, holding his own press conference also on Okorocha, on Monday, only two days after, raises genuine concern.

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“This has also added fillip to the governor’s earlier worry that those behind the drama over his certificate of return have not gone to sleep, but have continued to spread their dragnets.

“If you ask us, we won’t join issues with the EFCC as an institution and with Magu as an individual. Investigating individuals, governments, institutions etc, is part of the Commission’s rules of engagement and nobody should prevent or begrudge them for doing that.

“We only pray that the Commission should not allow undue infiltration.

“Good enough, both Magu and Imam never accused the governor of mismanagement or diversion, looking at the contents of their press conferences.

“They confirmed that the Commission is in custody of the money. Out of the N8billion they quoted, they also confirmed that N7.9billion is what they blocked.

“Then, what is Okorocha’s case? And the governor is not owing salary.”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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