By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri
The outgoing Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has cautioned the
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC),
Alhaji Ibrahim Magu over the reported investigation of the outgoing
administration in the state, saying he will not join issues with the
According to an official release issued in Owerri, Imo State capital
on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Sam
Onwuemeodo, the Commission is reported to have been investigating the
governor over the alleged missing bailout funds, President Muhammadu
Buhari released to the state in the past.
Further, the official statement recalled that the zonal coordinator of
EFCC, Mr. Imam holding his own Press Conference on Okorocha on Friday,
May 17, 2019 in Enugu and the Chairman of the Commission himself
Alhaji Magu held his own press conference also on Okorocha, on Monday,
May 20, 2019.
The governor maintained in that statement with this development, “we
won’t join issues with the EFCC as an Institution and with Alhaji Magu
as an individual. Investigating individuals, governments, institutions
etc, is part of the Commission’s own rules of engagement and nobody
should prevent them or begrudge them for doing that. We only pray that
the Commission should not allow undue infiltration”.
He further said “Good enough, both Alhaji Magu and Mr. Imam never
accused the governor of mismanagement or diversion, looking at the
Contents of their Press Conferences. They confirmed that the
Commission is in Custody of the money. Out of the N8billion they
quoted, they also confirmed that N7.9billion is what they blocked.
Then, what is Owelle’s case? And the governor is not owing salary”.
According to him, “Mr. Imam also threw a kite which could not fly when
he told his audience that if not for their timely intervention “Over
N5billion would have allegedly been deployed in vote-buying by
Okorocha’s administration”. How he arrived at that conclusion is what
he never said. In other words, he believed what the petitioners wrote.
Since investigation is still on, perhaps, at the end of it, the truth
will become clearer especially when the incident happened long before
the 2019 elections. And one could not have bought votes in the vacuum.
Ultimately, vote-buying must be on the election day and perhaps, at
the Polling Units where the voters were expected to be”.
Visibly angry the chief press secretary quoting the governor said,
“Alhaji Magu is doing a good job as the head of the EFCC. But he
should keep the 5th Columnists at arms length. He should not eat with
them even with the longest spoon. With more than one thousand landmark
and verifiable projects to his credit, Governor Okorocha must have
managed the resources of the State in his time as governor with high
sense of prudence. And for patriotic Imo people, he remains the
Defending Champion of the Imo governorship since what he has achieved
in eight years exceeded all that those before him had achieved put