The Imo State Government has raised the alarm over the continued detention of the Special Adviser to Governor Rochas Okorocha on Project Monitoring, Mr. Macdonald Akano, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) without trial.
The governor’ aide, who had been in detention for about 10 days is suspected to have been arrested in connection with the N458 million bribery saga that led to the removal of the former deputy governor, Mr. Jude Agbaso, by the state legislature.
Briefing journalists in Government House, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Chinedu Offor, said the government was concerned about the continued detention of Akano without trial, and, therefore, called for his immediate release if no case is established against him.
“If Akano has committed any crime, he should be tried. The government is insisting that if there is absolutely no crime established against this top government official of the state, he should be released immediately,” Offor said.
He described Akano’s continued detention without trial as an infringement on his fundamental human rights, adding that it had become necessary for the government to call on the authority detaining him to either try him without further delay or release him unconditionally.
Akano was fingered as one of the beneficiaries of the alleged N485 million bribe scandal which the Agbasos revealed were found in two separate accounts in far away Dubai and Lebanon.