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Owelle: The lamentations of Rochas Okorocha

As court declines his request to stop probe by EFCC, Imo panel


The former governor of Imo State, Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha is a restless man.

The evil that men do, do they not say lives after them? Well, in the case of Senator Okorocha it’s obvious that the evil lives with them.

From pillar to post… from one courtroom to another… from one press statement to another press release… Okorocha is unsettled.

It all started with the Hon. Emeka Ihedioha-led administration.

Within its seven month life span, the former governor was found culpable of embezzling billions from the state treasury by state panel.

Little wonder he joined forces with the “Supreme Court Governor“, “Sinator” Hope Uzodinma to use every ounce of hook, rook and crook to oust the Ihedioha administration.

As soon as the Supreme Court verdict was passed, the former governor activated his celebration mode.

He was seen shamelessly celebrating the ouster of the duly elected governor from office as if his life depended on it. Of course it did.

If you doubt me, watch the video below:

Owelle tried

Recall that Okorocha had done everything humanly impossible to install his stooge, puppet and son-in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu as governor.

The reason is not far-fetched; he was seeking to cover his tracks like the cunning cat that always covers it poo beneath the soil.

Then came the “Supreme Court Governor” to the rescue, a comrade in the con game, a fellow party man. He will surely quash and stop all probes and Okorocha will be squeaky clean again.

Little did Owelle know that “Sinator” Uzodinma has his own games up his sleeves. No sooner than he assumed office that he saw what Ihedioha had seen: EMPTY TREASURY!

As the euphoria of Supreme Court victory died down, another state panel appeared. Verdict: Guilty!

Uzodinma, why now? Haven’t you read the bestseller by Frederick Forsyth “Honour Among Thieves“?

Is there no longer honour among thieves? I thought you guys are of the same stock in trade? Haba!

Make no mistake about it: Owelle Rochas Okorocha is as good as clean, not guilty until proven otherwise by a competent court of justice.

The aim of this piece is not media trial and conviction or to discountenance him but to analyze his actions and mirror them alongside acceptable morals in the competent court of human morals.

On your marks…

Then came the deafening bang from Mr. Usman Imam of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr. Imam announced from the blues that the Commission has returned some N5.7 billion to the Imo State Government seized from the former governor.

According to Imam, the total heist recovered was N7.9 billion while  N5.7 billion had been returned instalmentally.

The anti-graft agent assured his audience that he will soon be arraigned in the court where he will have his day to plead his guilt or defend his innocence.

Never mind. Okorocha will not take it lying down. His responsive headline rang: “EFCC didn’t recover N7.9 billion from me — Okorocha“.

Of course, who will come out in the public and accept that he stole N5.7 billion? Definitely not the Okorocha we know.

He, Owelle, denied every inch of the allegation. Recovery of N7.9 billion from him by EFCC was an illusion by Mallam Imam. How dares he?

He was defamed! His character assassinated!! Powerful press statement, you must say. But why didn’t he sue?

Ah-haaa… One of those question that even almighty Google will struggle for answers to.

Even when I’m lying…

Then it was revealed. Our indefatigable Senator went behind us and filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja. His prayer?

“Order EFCC  and the the Imo State Government to stop investigating me over alleged financial infractions!”

In a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/558/2020 filed on May 28, Okorocha specifically wants the EFCC to end or suspend its investigation until the panel on contract set up by the same state government had concluded its probe on his government between 2011 and 2019.

This includes all the petitions submitted to it by the Imo government.

Other defendants in the suit are the Attorney-General of Imo, members of the Judicial Commission on Lands and Related Matters and members of the panel to investigate the activities of ISOPADEC.

Others are the members of the panel to investigate the status of the newly established tertiary institutions, members of the investigative committee for financial transactions in Imo State, Committee for the Review of appointments recruitments and related matters from 2015 till date and the committee for the investigation of council areas, among others.

Why? What for? Are we not told that a clean conscience fears no accusation? What is Okorocha afraid of? Isn’t this a divine opportunity to wash his hands in innocence?

What readily comes to mind is the unputdownable novel series of the English writer, René Brabazon Raymond, who wrote under the pseudonym “James Hadley Chase”.

One novel rings free: “The Guilty Are Afraid.”

The court, the judge and the villain

But Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Abuja Federal High Court means business and is not out for hide and seek.

Justice Mohammed, on Wednesday, July 8, declined Senator Okorocha’s request for an order restraining EFCC and the state probe panel from investigating him.

In effect he was telling him: “You have case to answer. Go! Answer them.”

Owelle Rochas Okorocha, see you in court soon. Otherwise, return the Imo State loots to the people of Imo State. It’s theirs.

Until then, please read the Holy writs in Matthew 5:25, 26 and receive some sense.

In case you don’t have a Bible, there reads:

Be quick to settle matters with your legal opponent, while you are with him on the way there, so that somehow the opponent may not turn you over to the judge, and the judge to the court attendant, and you get thrown into prison. I say to you for a fact, you will certainly not come out of there until you have paid over your last small coin.”

Tim Elombah is the Editor-In-Chief  of ElombahNews [Elombah.com].

Post Scriptum: A piece on “Sinator” Hope Uzodinma will follow someday. Our acquaintanceship dates as far back as 1993/95 in Ire-Akari, Isolo, Lagos. Ask him. He knows.

My interest: Owelle is from Orlu, Uzodinma is from Orlu, and my wife is also from Orlu so we are all in-laws, he-he-he.

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