Governor Rochas Okorocha has taken a swipe on Economic and Financial Crime Commission for delaying in arresting and prosecuting ex-governor, Ikedi Ohakim over fraudulent activities and obvious misappropriation of several billions of public fund within the four years he governed the state.
Governor Okorocha who was responding on Ohakim’s dismissal of the allegation during the Citizens Forum organized by Good Governance Team led by Labaran Maku in Owerri, said it is an unfortunate development in the fight against corruption for persons with clear evidence of corruption and fraud to be walking on streets freely while some other innocent Nigerians are constantly molested by the EFCC.
The governor who was visibly emotional said:
“I am begging to get convinced that there is an iota of truth in the allegation considering that for the four years the previous governor governed has nothing on ground as evidence to show proper utilization of 10 or 20 billion Naira in the state.
It is a shame that outside the uncompleted Ahiajioku building ,Governor’s office, Governor’s lodge in Abuja and IROMA equipment which all the caterpillars are refurbished , there is nothing on earth to justify about 450 billion received by that administration and I stand to be corrected. If this nation and EFCC cannot fight that corruption by arresting Ohakim, they have lost the credibility of talking about corruption in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Let no Nigerian again be investigated or arrested for corruption if some, whose cases are evidently clear are left to walk freely in the country. So, the issue of 62 billion Naira is for the anti-graft agencies to investigate”.
He warned against further harassment of members of his Cabinet and other innocent Nigerians by the EFCC while those involved in corrupt activities are shield from prosecution.
Written by Ebere Uzoukwa