The Imo State Government Thursday faulted the alleged clearance of the former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Jude Agbaso, of the bribery allegation to the tune of N458 million by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
It accused those responsible for such moves as enemies of the state government.
In a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Governor on media, Sam Onwuemeodo, and made available to THISDAY in Owerri, he described such news as a rumour that did not carry weight because according to him, the EFCC does not have the legal capacity to issue anybody a clean bill of health.
The statement stated: "It is important to state categorically that the state government is not aware of the purported clearance of the former deputy governor by the EFCC."
"It is also difficult to believe that EFCC could clear the former deputy governor when nothing has been heard about the man at the centre of the matter, Mr. Joseph Dina of Jpros, since the agents of the commission abducted him, even when the man has a case in court on several charges including obtaining money by false pretence."
According to him, the EFCC does not have the constitutional or statutory right to clear anybody over a matter that is pending in the court(s) of competent jurisdiction, adding that one can be forced to ask whether the purported EFCC clearance has nullified the impeachment action carried out by the state House of Assembly? The answer is no.
"It is also important to ask whether the Agbaso case is the only matter the EFCC has handled in the state."
The answer is no. Right from the time of Chief Achike Udenwa to that of Chief Ikedi Ohakim, and indeed to the current government of Chief Rochas Okorocha, the EFCC has been handling matters arising from petitions, and none had been either cleared or prosecuted by EFCC. Why is the Agbaso case different?”