Witness reveals shocking details of how Okorocha taught him to lie to EFCC
The owner, Zigreat International Company Limited, Mr. Stanley Enwereaku, has explained how former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha pressurised him to lie to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He said that Okorocha told him to tell the anti-graft commission that the contracts listed against his company’s name were all executed by his company.
However, he disclosed that nothing could be farther from the truth, stressing that Zigreat did not execute any contract for the Imo State Government.
Enwereaku made the disclosure as a witness at the last sitting of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Contracts instituted by Governor Hope Uzodinma.
“When the EFCC invited my company to come to their office in Enugu, the former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, begged me to inform EFCC that Zigreat actually did all the contracts listed against its name,” the company boss said while answering questions from the witness box.
“When I returned from Enugu, the governor thanked me for a job well done. He then directed me to coach other contractors on how to tell the EFCC lies.”
Enwereaku added that Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) officials have been on his neck for N100 million tax that accrued from the supposed huge contracts executed and transactions in the company account.
He explained, “I have been contesting this tax and explaining to them (FIRS) that I only shared money to specific persons and companies and that I never executed any contract.”
“I am now planning to go back to EFCC to correct all the lies I told them. My evidence before this commission contradicts what I told the EFCC. I am afraid of what EFCC will do to me, but I will still go and tell them the truth, in order to be free from this burden.”
Enwereaku added that he has not been on talking terms with Okorocha, who is now representing Imo West senatorial district in the Ninth Senate, since he started revealing details of their dealings to the commission.
Following the Zigreat boss’s testimony, the Commission’s Chairman, Justice Benjamin Iheka said: “The inquiry from this witness is hereby closed. However, the witness is not discharged of the subpoena on him, until after Principal Secretary to the former governor, Dr Paschal Obi, has been recalled to react to the testimonies of this witness.
“Accordingly, an inquiry from this witness is hereby adjourned to June 26, 2020, on a date the said Principal Secretary is expected to be recalled.”