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‘I challenge anybody to prove that I acquired property with government funds’ – Okorocha

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Former Imo Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has denied the allegations that he acquired properties with government funds.

On the TV program Sunday Poltics on Channels TV, he said he had always been successful before coming assuming office in 2011 and dared anyone to come forth with evidence that he mismanaged funds meant for the government.

“I challenge anybody to prove that I acquired any property with any government fund,” he said

He added, “I think people have forgotten that I was Rochas before becoming the governor of Imo State; I think they have forgotten completely.

“If anything, becoming a governor made me even poorer than what I was in the past. I don’t know whether I acquired any property here in Abuja, there is none.”

The Senator representing Imo West senatorial district at the National Assembly, said he believes those making the allegation are referring to a hotel that belongs to his wife and is used to fund their foundation.

According to him, there is no way he could have stolen the government funds.

Speaking about his invitation and brief detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, he said:

“I said to them (EFCC) that I have not come to respond to your call because there is already a matter in court and once a matter is sub judice, you cannot talk about it.

“Imo State government has taken me to court on the same subject matter, and we are at the Federal High Court in Abuja on the same subject matter,” Okorocha said.

He added, “EFCC is doing their job because if there is no report, they can’t nose into whatever you are doing; EFCC is not witch-hunting, they are acting on a petition being written by somebody.”

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