A former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, who was picked up by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been released to go home after spending less than five hours at the anti-graft agency’s office.
An unsigned statement from the former governor’s office Thursday night, however, condemned the action of ‘overzealous’ officials of the EFCC, who it said went ahead to invade Mr. Ohakim’s Asokoro residence in Abuja with paid media men despite turning himself in a day before, contrary to media reports he was arrested.
“Chief Ikedi Ohakim, who was at the EFCC office few hours past five pm yesterday (Wednesday), expressed surprise that overzealous officials of the anti-graft Agency could go ahead to invade his house with paid media men in order to score cheap points and achieve some credibility stunts”, the statement read.
It said having left office as governor more than four years ago, Mr. Ohakim was investigated by the EFCC on the same charges as the present one, as a result of the same frivolous petition sponsored by those it called “enemies of Imo State and Igboland”, who feel that their criminal plans against the State and Ndi Igbo in general, would be thwarted by the ex-governor.
While stressing that he is always ready to honour any invitation extended to him by all legitimate agencies of government since he does not have anything to hide, the former governor urged public officials occupying sensitive positions not to allow themselves to be used as pawns by desperate politicians.
Meanwhile, the EFCC has said it will still extend an invitation to the former governor whenever the need arises.
Its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed that Ohakim was arrested and quizzed in respect of an investigation into corrupt enrichment while he held sway at the helm of affairs in Imo State between 2007 and 2011, said “Ohakim was released and allowed to go, we will call him whenever we need him”.