Okorocha invited, not arrested by EFCC — Aide

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Sam Onwuemeodo, the Special Adviser on Media to former Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said his principal was invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and not arrested as widely reported by media platforms yesterday.

Onwuemeodo said this in a statement issued last night, in the wake of Okorocha’s reported arrest, titled, “Senator Rochas Okorocha and his reported invitation by the EFCC”

The statement read in part, “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 (sic) 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.” Onwuemeodo said

“Okorocha, being a patriotic citizen, honoured the invitation of the EFCC stressing that there is nothing to be worried about as the commission’s office is not a ‘slaughter house’. 

“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.”

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