The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied claims by former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, that the commission raided the college while it was in session and shut its students out.
Okorocha had made the claim in a statement he released through his media aide Sam Onwuemeodo, in response to the sealing of his properties and those of his family members by the anti-graft agency.
But reacting to the claim in a statement Friday night, EFCC’s acting Head, Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade, debunked the claim, saying it was nothing but falsehood.
The statement read, “The EFCC wishes to state that on July 23, 2019 when its operatives from the Enugu Zonal Office visited the Rochas Foundation College, Owerri, Imo State, that there was no harassment of any students, teachers or staff of the College and that the school was not in session as schools were already on vacation.
“Nothing in the contrary could be farther from the truth. As against the motion pictures, shot in high-noon, being peddled as captured during the exercise, the peaceful and uneventful exercise we conducted in the school was carried out from 6pm downwards.
“On arrival at the school, our operatives met with the principal, Mr. K.A Akolo, who upon his enquiry, was told that the school was not being sealed but under investigation.
“We restate that the College was not in session as the school was already on vacation, when the operatives visited to carry out the exercise, and that no one was harassed. The Commission has documented evidence in video and pictures to back up this position.
“These clarifications become necessary in view of the mounting falsehood being put out to the public that operatives of the Commission raided the [email protected] while it was in session and shut its students out.
“While the Commission will not allow itself to be distracted in carrying out its mandate, it is necessary to once again state that its operations are guided by global best practices and standards.”
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
FEATURES: Rise in Monkeypox infection troubling Nigeria’s rural population
In this features, KELECHUKWU IRUOMA goes into the rural communities of Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria to uncover the plight of...
SPECIAL REPORT: Kwara communities groan as erosion washes away roads, property
For a number of years communities in Ilorin South LGA of Kwara State have had to live with the menace...
SPECIAL REPORT: Lack of legal provisions, cultural sentiments fueling marital r*pe in Nigeria
By Arinze Chijioke In the early days of Sandra Izuckukwu’s marriage in 2019, her husband, Sunday Izuchukwu, did everything she...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (IV): Surviving in a dangerous media environment
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019 and 2020. For six...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (III): Precious Owolabi was killed covering a protest
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019-2020. For six months, Nigerian...