Arrest, Prosecute Senator Rochas Okorocha Over Financial Allegations, Group Appeals To IGP

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Immediate past Governor Senator Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.


By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna


The Concerned Northern Forum, (CNF), has called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammed Adamu, to order the immediate arrest and prosecution of Senator Rochas Okorocha over financial allegations while he was governor of Imo State.
The forum stated, “Without wasting much of your time, we are here to call on the lnspector General of Police to order the immediate arrest of Senator Rochas Okorocha who was caught red handed breaking the law. Except the police are telling us that Okorocha is above the law as he had boasted, he should be taken into custody immediately.
“Similarly, we are urging the newly appointed chairman of EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, to reopen investigations into the myriad of allegations against Okorocha. The people of Imo State are daily weeping, bemoaning their fate in the hands of this tyrant who after whipping them does not want them to cry.”
The Concerned Northern Forum through its spokesman and President, Northern Nigerian Youth Forum, Comrade Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem, noted that they have not lost faith in the ability of the police and EFCC to carry out their jobs.”
The forum added, “We can also not accuse them of selective application of the law. Two former Governors from the north are serving sentences for corruption. So why is Rochas Okorocha still a free man? This is the big question begging for answer.”
The youths observed that leaders applied themselves diligently to their jobs and ensured that those who infringed on the law are punished accordingly irrespective of their position, status, political party and religion.

The forum noted that the most disturbing signals they have been getting from Imo state in the last few days where a former governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has dared government and all its institutions of coresion and appears to be getting away it, compelled them to address this conference. 
The forum explained, “For those of you not properly appraised of the situation, the state government set up various commissions of inquiry to probe the administration of Okorocha who was accused of large scale corruption by the people of the state. 
“These commissions were set up by the short lived government of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha. You will also recall that within that period, the government attempted to recover some  looted vehicles from Okorocha which ended in a serious disaster between the committee and those on the payroll of the senator. 
“The head of the task force for the recovery was beaten into coma and stripped naked by the thugs of Okorocha. Strangely, the police stood by and did nothing even when the former governor boasted that anyone who dared him will suffer a similar fate.
“Unfortunately nobody did. When Senator Hope Uzodinma came in as Governor, he invalidated those commissions giving them the force of law according to the wishes of Imo people. As a man already used to impunity and lawlessness, Okorocha refused to appear before the commissions to defend himself against mind bogging allegations of mindless looting of the state property.” 
The youths noted, instead, he (Senator Okorocha) rushed to court to try to stop the panels from functioning, when he failed, he decided to run to some powerful stakeholders from within and outside the state, adding that as expected, the governor rejected the satanic appeal of those stakeholders who are not ready to serve their people by themselves and immidiate families alone.
According to the forum, “Our in-depth findings shows beyond reansonable doubt  that the current Governor is a though person that is ready to sacrifice himself for his people providing his actions are within the law of the land. The recommendations of the panels were properly taken through the rigours of law and subsequently gazetted. It was only after that that the government started implementation of those recommendations which expressly stated that all looted assets and funds of the state should be recovered from those indicted. Okorocha  and many others where indicted.”
It said that now government duly sealed some of the property as required by the law, stressing that one them was the royal palm gardens dubiously acquired by Okorocha’s wife at a staggering sum of over billion Naira. 
It added that instead of seeking the legal route, the former governor took the laws into his hands by breaking the sealed properly, and of course as is natural with him, Okorocha undertook that illegal assignment with a legion of thugs.
It explained that he was among those arrested that night, adding that Okorocha was not charged along with other thugs the next day which brings them to the subject of the press conference: Is Rochas Okorocha above the law?
The forum noted that before the former governor was indicted by the various panels which confirmed that Sen. Okorocha, his immediate family /extended families and some few political associate looted Imo State to the point of death, there had been series of petitions to the EFCC and ICPC, yet Okorocha was never arrested. Does it then mean that we are in an animal farm where some animals are more equal than others? Again we ask is Rochas Okorocha above the law? 

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