Mr Modestus Nwankpa, Senior Assistant Special for Print Media, Hope Uzodym, Governor Hop, of Imo State, told how former Governor Rochas Okorocha, the governor of South South, the northern emir, and a former Senator stood as a security officer before being made public by EFCC, the Economic Crimes Commission.
On Tuesday, Okorocah was detained by Commission operatives in Abuja. After a two nights period in custody of the anti-graft tribunal, he was released on Thursday.
In a statement MrNwankpa said that, “he’ll behave before the investigation starts,” the former Governor, now Senator in the Imo West Senatorial district, promises the commission
He wrote, “The former Governor on his own promised to be honest as he starts to prosecute himself. He pleaded and gave assurances that he was not wrong at the moment. Therefore, I felt like to tell you. They made this promise before a South South Governor, the North Emir and the Senator, who served as a guarantor from the North.
Mr. Nwankpa said that he was immediately arrested by the anti-graft commission, and shouted to some of his colleagues.”
“In the instant he was detained in the case of Okorocha, he called out for assistance to some of his friends throughout the region. They came and begged leniency for him in the face of ill health at the anti-graft agency. The former governor has been talking about drugs. Again, because Judiciary Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) employees strikes over their demand for the autonomy of the judiciary, the counter-graft Agency argued that because noone knows when it will last, the ex-arraignment Governor’s will be stopped and eventually his stay in EFCC custody will be extended. The agency thought that this could violate its basic human rights because the period allowed for EFCC to legally retain a suspect in custody is specified.
“From these reasons he was released pending self-identification when he calls JUSUN and resumes his attack. His arraignment may occur at that time. His release was therefore circumstantial today.