EFCC: Okorocha seeks Buhari’s intervention, alleges ‘unjust treatment’
NNN: President Muhammadu Buhari met behind closed doors with former Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo at the State House in Abuja.
Speaking to House correspondents after the meeting, Mr. Okorocha said he was in the Village to seek intervention from President Buhari about his ordeal with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Mr. Okorocha, who allegedly accused the EFCC of “unfair harassment”, claimed that he had obtained a court judgment and two court orders in different forums, which prevent the EFCC from harassing and intimidating him.
The EFCC is charging Mr. Okorocha with allegations that he conspired with others, including an APC politician and five companies, to steal N2.9 billion from public coffers when he was Governor of Imo.
However, the former governor, who is currently the senator representing the Imo West senatorial district, also accused people he described as cowards of being behind his ordeal with the EFCC.
Okorocha also told correspondents that he has formally informed the president of his decision to run for the 2023 All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential bid in the upcoming 2023 general election.
He said: “I also took this opportunity to brief Mr. Chairman on what is going on between myself and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the harassment and intimidation I receive from the EFCC literally on a daily basis.
”I informed him that I have a court sentence and two court orders of different sentences in different forums, which prevent the EFCC from harassing and intimidating me. EFCC has refused to obey the law.
“And so, I have to inform Mr. President that the EFCC must be made to obey the law that established it. And without the law there would be no EFCC. And the desperation with which they go about any matter that concerns me, must cease.
”The court ordered the EFCC to release my international passport, the EFCC has refused to comply.
”The court awarded me about N500 million in damages for the EFCC to pay. EFCC has not paid for that.
“Instead of doing that, on the day of my statement, EFCC went to the press to announce that I am being prosecuted for some criminal charges of N2.9 billion and not more than N5.9 billion.
When asked if reporting the EFCC to the president was to stop the corruption charge against him, he said he had not asked the president to stop him from being investigated, but to get the anti-corruption agency to obey the law.
“I didn’t come here to say, I don’t want to be investigated by the EFCC. That is not the problem, but there is a trial on the ground”.
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