On Tuesday, Chairman of the Special Ad-hoc committee, Hon. Simon Iwunze, Hon.Sam Daddy Anyanwu and Hon.Ikenna Emeh honored an invitation to the EFCC headquarters where they were grilled for hours over the report that impeached the erstwhile Deputy Governor, Jude Agbaso.
According to information reaching IMO STATE BLOG, the lawmakers were being pressured by the EFCC to discredit the findings that led Agbaso’s impeachment. Despite the intimidation at the headquarters on Tuesday, it was gattered that the legislators who signed off on the impeachment have resolved that no amount of intimidation from any “external party” would make them alter or discredit a report based on thorough investigation by the committee.
Agbaso was indicted by the Special Ad-hoc Committee, headed by Hon Simeon Iwunze, when it investigated the abandonment of municipal roads in the three senatorial zones of Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe. The committee discovered that Agbaso allegedly asked and collected bribes amounting to N458million from one of the contractors. But Agbaso denied the allegation.
In a bid to prevent his impeachment, Agbaso went to court to challenge the panel’s report but failed.
The reliable source who spoke on conditions of anonymity to IMO STATE BLOG disclosed that the state accountant general, Eche George Ezenna and top government functionaries were also being constantly harassed by the EFCC. It is not clear why any form of intimidation should be used on the Executive. This is a matter that is strictly between the House of Assembly and the Agbaso’s. A text message sent to the Honourable Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chinedu Offor seeking clarification was not returned.
We are still struggling to process the revelations by Speaker Uwajumogu that he was offered N3bn to impeach Governor Okorocha. According to him, the move was sponsored by Chief Martin Agbaso to pave way for his younger brother Jude to become Governor. Agabso is said to have had the backing of PDP and blessings of the Presidency. Also named in the conspiracy is Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political matters who has not hidden his sentiments towards the Okorocha administration in Imo. It would be recalled that in September 2012, Alhaji Gulak openly called on the Imo state House of Assembly to impeach Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The whole scenario playing out is becoming embarrasing. There is no need for us to keep washing our dirty linens in public. Imolites have not been told what measures are being put in place to recover the stolen N458M from Jude Agbaso or Joseph Dina. On the other hand, one would assume that recovery of the missing money would be the priority of the EFCC. While we are in no position to tell them how to do their job, it is imperative that the law enforcement body does not allow its highly respected commission to loose integrity.