Former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has denied speculations and some newspaper publications that a Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) a court order to probe and recover money and properties from him.
Okorocha in a press statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, described the publication as deceitful and petty.
According to the statement, “Imo people and Nigerians, in general, woke up one morning to read in the media that a Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Ahmed Mohammed had granted the EFCC the licence to probe Senator Rochas Okorocha following the application to that effect by Barr. K. M. Okere. And that the court also ordered and listed what should be recovered from Okorocha, including cash, moveable and unmoveable assets”.
He, however, challenged whoever has a copy of the said court order to come forward with it.
Okorocha said: “First and foremost, no court including that of Justice Mohammed had ordered for the recovery of any item or money from Okorocha or even ordered the EFCC to probe him. And we swiftly challenge Barr. Okere or any other interested persons including the PDP elements in the state to publish the said court order without further delay.
“Indeed, they should do that within 48 hours. And where they fail or refuse to do that, they should be sorry for themselves.”
The former governor, however, explained that Barr. Okere as a lawyer, filed a suit to compel EFCC to probe him and that is all. “Nothing else has been done with regard to that and we stand to be faulted,” Okorocha said.
He emphasised that he has no problem with EFCC investigating him since the petition was written by Emeka Ihedioha’s short-lived government.
Speaking further on the matter, Okorocha said: “So, for anybody to go to court now to seek for an order of the court compelling the EFCC to investigate Okorocha is belated. The investigation had begun long before now”.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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