Special Adviser on Media to ex-governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Sam Onwuemeodo, has reacted to the arrest of the former governor by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), describing it as an “invitation.”
The anti graft agency had on Tuesday, arrested Okorocha, now senator representing Imo West senatorial district in his Abuja office over alleged money laundering.
Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren said, “Okorocha has been arrested by our men.”
However, in a statement on sent to our correspondent late Tuesday, Onwuemeodo said he was only invited to make some clarifications with respect to petitions written against him.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“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.