Okorocha made the submission in response to claims credited to Imam Usman, zonal head of the EFCC Port Harcourt office, on Thursday, that the commission has returned N2.7 billion out of the N7.9 billion allegedly recovered from him to the Imo State government.
Okorocha in a statement on Friday through Sam Onwuemeodo, his media assistant said the EFCC was feeding wrong information to the public.
“The EFCC as a commission or Mr Usman Imam as a person and Head of Enugu zone then, and today, that of Port Harcourt Zone, of the commission, never recovered N7.9 billion or any other amount of money, from Rochas Okorocha,” Onwuemeodo said.
“With this denial, we therefore challenge EFCC or Mr. Imam as the one who made the claim, to prove us wrong by publishing details of the bank accounts the money was found and the owners of the accounts.
“We hold the EFCC and its personnel in a very high esteem. And we expect the commission or Mr. Imam to take our denial very serious, because Nigerians of goodwill would like to know who is saying the truth or who is lying.
Okorocha in his statement also challenged the EFCC to investigate its personnel credited with the statement and if found to be false, the agency should publicly retract the story and tell Nigerians the truth.
“Where the commission finds out that it had misinformed the public and had also blackmailed the former Imo governor, perhaps unconsciously, we expect the commission or Mr. Imam to do the needful, which is to retract the media statement and then tell Nigerians the correct story. The N7.9 billion in question must be in bank accounts. Let the EFCC publish the accounts’ details without delay”.
“Mr Imam talked about properties owned by Okorocha which the commission had marked. It is also important that Mr. Imam publish those properties because the properties marked had been acquired by Okorocha about twenty years ago.”