The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, appears to have closed in on Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of Imo state and who has Presidential ambition for 2023 and Bukola Saraki, a former governor of Kwara state , and the Senate President.
There are indications that the duo may move from their exalted office to EFCC custody over allegations of Corruption and money laundering currently being investigated by the Commission. Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman, EFCC, who confirmed that the investigation everybody, mostly former office holders, said they are doing a ”couple of checks andinvestigations here and there”.
The acting EFCC Chairman, who appears to have mobilised his
men to lay an ambush against the former governors, Commissioners and leadership of the
National Assembly including other public
officials had said that that they have kept their investigations a closely
guided secret until the Commission
get to a certain level before
it can give out any information to the public.
He noted that Commission had kept its action a closely guided secret to action that mightjeopardise orinterfere with the process of the ongoing inquiry on the former top government officials both at the state and national level.
Okorocha, the Imo state governor may have known that he is in trouble once he quits office on June 12, 2019, because of the petititions flying against him in the state which are in the custody of the EFCC, that he had invited Yemi Osibanjo, the Vice President , to Commission Projects executed by his government in the last four years to justify how he spent the state internally generated revenue and allocations from the Federal government in the last eight years to escape the anti-graft agency probe. The Imo state governor had line up 50 projects including a new Prison yard the state including facilities for other public institutions in the state to win the heart of President Muhammadu Buhari to influence the EFCC, from looking into his records as governor of Imo state in the last four years.
If the comment of Osibanjo is anything to go by on the governor, the EFCC, has no basis of probing him. ”I have gone round thestate on several occasions to look at the projects Okorocha has executed describing him as a ”great achiever”.
The Vice President who could not hide his feelings over what Okorocha had done in Imo state in the last eight years said, ”it is very important to recognise what the the governor hasdone in the state in the last eight years. He is extremely commendable and I don’t know how many other governors whohave done the amount of work he has done , especially the infrastructure, schools, hospital among others that he built. Osibanjo may have a good impression of Okorocha performance in office in the last eights but Magu thinks differently and has no option but to probe him to prove his innocence.
He discountenace claims making the rounds that the Commission is probing Saraki because of his frosty relationship with the President in the last four years by making things difficult in the passage of Bills emanating from the Presidency. Some of the Bills, particular, the Bill , recognising June 12, as Nigerian Democracy Day, which had been in the presented to the Senate over the last one has just been passed to Law and forward to the President for his assent.
Saraki may have facilitated the signing of the Bill and several of such other Bills to win back the heart of the Katsina state born Nigerian President and escape the EFCC probe to leave his quiet life but got it wrong . This is because Magu, the EFCC, boss , he must answer to the allegations of Corruption Money laundering against as he is not above the Law.
Service, NIS, sources told The Value News that there a number of
politicians on the EFCC, list , who they
have been mandated must not be allowed to leave the country after June 12,
including Okorocha and Saraki. This is bad news for the duo who may have planned
to jet out of the country after handing
over to their successors. It is is not surprising why there is tight security
at the major International Airports in the country and the land Border areas to forestall their escape.