The Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha, has refuted claims suggesting that he charged the Federal Government and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to court over the invasion of his home.
Okorocha was said to have demanded N1bn damages over the invasion of his Abuja home by the operatives of the Economic and Finance Crimes Commission last week.
However, in a statement issued by Okorocha’s spokesperson, Sam Omwuemeodo, said that the ex-Imo governor said he had no reason to sue the AGF because his office was not the one who invaded his home nor took him to court.
He also denied the claim that he had briefed five Senior Advocates of Nigeria to commence legal action against the Federal Government.
Onwuemedo’s statement read in part, “Senator Rochas Okorocha has been in EFCC custody since the agents of the commission stormed his house and arrested him. The Commission took him to court on Monday, May 30, 2022, with other accused persons in the matter. The Presiding judge, in his wisdom, adjourned the matter to Tuesday, May 31, 2022, for Okorocha’s bail application to be taken or heard.
“We were concerned with the expected hearing of the bail application today when our attention was drawn to the online stories of N1b suit and engagement of 5 SANs. Okorocha has no reason to take either the Attorney General of the Federation or the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, to court and claim 1b damages, over the invasion of his house, since the incident had nothing to do with, AGF or his office.
“lf Okorocha comes t of detention and the ng the line, decides to take legal action to press for damages, over the invasion of his residence, he knows those who acted. We do not think he would include the AGF, office. We know some patriotic Human Rights Lawyers in the Country and some of them, highly respected SANs have been of immense help in dealing with human rights violations in the country, most of the time, on their own to help the society.”
“We are therefore acted, that the renowned Senior Advocates mentioned in the online stories might have been challenged by the invasion of Okorocha’s private residence by agents of the EFCC and might have also decided to take the bull by the horns.”