The former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of peddling falsehood against him by stating that it recovered N7.9billion from him.
Okorocha who is currently a member representing Imo West Senatorial District stated this in a press statement he issued in response to reports credited to the Head of the Port Harcourt zone of the EFCC, Mr. Usman Imam, claiming at a press conference on Thursday that he recovered N7.9 billion from Senator Okorocha while he was in charge of the Enugu zone of the commission.
Okorocha who reacted to the allegations in the press statement issued on Friday in Owerri, challenged the commission to prove him wrong by publishing details and owners of the accounts the said money was recovered from.
The statement signed by Senator Okorocha’s media adviser, Sam Onwuemeodo, reads in part: “The EFCC as a commission or Mr Usman Imam as a person and Head of Enugu zone then, and today, that of Port Harcourt Zone, of the commission, never recovered N7.9 billion or any other amount of money, from Rochas Okorocha
“With this denial, we therefore challenge the EFCC or Mr. Imam as the one who made the claim, to prove us wrong by publishing details of the bank accounts the money was found and the owners of the accounts.”
“We hold the EFCC and its personnel in a very high esteem. And we expect the commission or Mr. Imam to take our denial very serious, because Nigerians of goodwill would like to know who is saying the truth or who is lying.”
The statement further asserts that the commission was misinformed by those who were after the Senator and demanded a retraction of the story and public apology from the EFCC in the coming days if the commission could not publish details of the so-called N7.9 billion