Senator Rochas Okorocha has reacted to his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, saying that it arose from petitions arising from his stewardship as governor of Imo State written by the Imo State Government. He said that he had no reason to complain about it.
Okorocha who was arrested at his Garki, Abuja private office, said it was an invitation despite claims by the EFCC that he was arrested after he failed to honour several invitations sent to him.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo, the former governor said his arrest was not surprising. He, however, did not say if the petitions came from the Emeka Ihedioha regime or that of the Hope Uzodimma administration that is in place.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that the arrest of Okorocha follows previous brushes with the authorities in Imo State.
Explaining the arrest of Okorocha that was couched as an invitation, his spokesman said:
“We have been inundated with calls by Media Houses and Concerned Nigerians and beyond, trying to Confirm the reported invitation of Senator Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, later today, being April 13, 2021,
“The truth is that, Okorocha left as the governor of Imo State on May 28, 2019. And shortly after his exit as governor, Imo State Government wrote Petitions upon Petitions against him.
“The EFCC investigated the petitions and has been in various Courts of the land with Okorocha, to that effect.
“And if the EFCC has decided to invite Okorocha for Clarifications on the matters already in Courts, especially with a new Chairman at the helm of affairs at the Commission, there is nothing wrong with that.
“The matters between EFCC and Okorocha over his governorship in Imo, have been pendent in various Courts of the land.
“At the end of the day, we would know whether the Commission will be withdrawing the Cases in Courts, or would Continue with the Cases already in Courts.
Saying that Okorocha would not complain about the arrest given that the commission was doing its job, he said:
“But to us, the Commission is doing its job and should be given the needed cooperation. And Okorocha being a law-abiding Citizen, would always cooperate with the Commission over the Matters in Courts. EFCC is not a slaughter House, but a very responsible institution and should be seen as such.
“We have no reason to complain about the invitation of today, which Okorocha honoured as patriotic and responsible Nigerian.
“Like we Stated earlier, the Commission didn’t invite Okorocha today, for the first time.”