The former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday, February 3, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, to seek his intervention on his alleged “unjust harassment” from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Okorocha, who is the senator representing Imo West senatorial district, said he also formally apprised the president on his decision to vie for the 2023 presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the 2023 elections.
He said: “I also used this opportunity to intimate Mr President of what is going on between me and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the harassment and intimidation that I’m getting from the EFCC, literally on daily basis, and to inform him that I have court judgment and two court orders for different judgments at different forums; which stop the EFCC from harassing and intimidating me. EFCC has refused to obey the law.
“And so I have to inform Mr President; that EFCC should be made to obey the law that established it. And without the law, there wouldn’t be an EFCC. And the desperation with which they go about any affair that concerning me, should stop.
“And I reminded Mr President that recall that sometimes ago; the EFCC had claimed that they recovered the sum of N5.9 billion from my account, which the court found out to be untrue.
“In other words, they were biased and they prejudged me. On that basis, the court ruled and ordered that they should not further interrogate and harass me. This has also not been obeyed.
“The court ordered the EFCC to release my international passport, the EFCC has refused to obey. The court gives damages to me for some N500million for EFCC to pay. EFCC has not paid that. “Rather than doing that, on the day of my declaration, EFCC went on the press to announce that I’m being prosecuted for some criminal charges of N2.9billion and no more than N5.9billion.
“So, I said as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and one that stands on the side of the law, he should bring this to the attention of the EFCC.
“And despite the efforts by the Office of the Attorney General to make the EFCC see reasons and obey court judgment; to release my travel documents, and stop the harassment, they have refused.
“So, I think that is some kind of desperation on the side of EFCC. And I don’t know who might be causing this; but it is appropriate that I do let them know of the injustice that is going on with me as regards the EFCC,” Okorocha said.