EFCC MOBILIZES AGAINST FOUR POWERFUL GOVERNORS AS MAY 29 DRAWS CLOSER

Outgoing Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State may land in EFCC net after May 29, report from Abuja has said.

In March 31, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said that it’s closely monitoring the troubled governor along with some other governors for corruption allegation.

EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu in the latest report by TheCableconfirmed that an investigation is ongoing on Okorocha when he was asked if the anti-graft agency is making any move to beam its search light on the financial activities of Okorocha as the governor of Imo.

“Of course, we are doing a couple of checks and investigations here and there. We are investigating almost everybody,” he said.

Magu said the commission has to get to a certain level before it can disclose any information about an ongoing investigation.

The EFCC boss explained that this was necessary to prevent any action that can jeopardise or interfere with the process of the inquiry.

Mr Magu said though he was aware of reports of the investigation on the social media, the details the anti-graft agency has is different from what is in the public space.

Magu granted the interview in the United Kingdom to meet with investigators assisting the Nigerian government in solving cases of money laundering and financial crimes.

Okorocha is currently in court with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the certificate of return of Imo west senatorial district.

He was declared the winner of the election but INEC withdrew the certificate, saying the returning officer was forced to announce Okorocha as winner.

The governor contested the election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The immunity Okorocha enjoys at the moment will end when his tenure expires in nine days.

In March, Sahara Reporters confirmed that an investigative team to probe four governors for corruption once they officially hand over.

The governors are Okorocha of Imo State, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State. Yari was alleged to have diverted N500million and $500,000  from the state coffers in 2017.

The money, part of Paris Club refunds disbursed to states, was recovered from two firms, First Generation Mortgage Bank Limited, and Gosh Projects Limited, linked to Yari.

Also, Amosun would be investigated following a petition written by the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate, accusing Amosun of misappropriation of N4billion Anchor Borrowers’ Fund given to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The group claimed that Amosun deceived Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor, when he came to the state for inspection while also insisting that Amosun has abandoned the project and diverted the funds for personal use.

On his part, Okorocha was accused of moving over N1billion from the state government to aid the campaign activities of Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law.

The commission had arrested Uzoho Casmir, Accountant-General of Imo State, for assisting Okorocha to move the said funds.

Ahmed, outgoing Governor of Kwara State, was said to have successfully diverted the sum of N1billion from the state coffers, a few days before presidential election.

The EFCC had earlier arrested six commissioners and government officials who might be involved in the criminal act.

The commission stated that bank officials have been invited for questioning and have also made documents available to the commission.

The EFCC confirmed that investigations are ongoing and any political office holder found culpable of corruption would be prosecuted.

Report from the Federal Capital Territory, therefore, confirmed that the men are being monitored closely to answer questions in relation to the corruption allegation levelled against them.

Okorocha has accused the National Chairman of APC Mr Adams Oshiomhole of being behind his political ordeal.

Daily Nigeria

Hassan Usman Author

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