A member of the National Caucus of All Progressives Congress (APC), Ochiagha Prince B. B. Apugo has said that he was never detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at its office in Enugu over alleged land fraud.
Prince B.B Apugo, who stated this during an interview with newsmen in his residence at Nkata Ibeku in Umuahia north local government area of the state, described the rumor that he was arrested and detained by EFCC as an attempt by his political detractors to tarnish his hard-earned integrity. Prince B.B Apugo explained that he was invited to the Enugu zonal office of the commission on Friday on a flimsy excuse that Justice Daniel Osiagor of Umuahia Federal High Court 2 issued a bench warrant for his arrest over a disputed land case.
“Yes.. EFCC invited me yesterday to Enugu on a slimsy excuse that a judge in federal high court 2 Umuahia placed a bench warrant against me, so when they came yesterday I followed them, we went to Enugu and they asked me to go, that’s what happened”.
According to Prince Apugo, he honored the invitation of EFCC at its Enugu office, after which he was asked to go. He maintained that he has no case with EFCC or the court, saying that up till now he has not been served bench warrant. He further explained that the land which he was wrongly accused of selling out does not belong to Nigeria Railway, saying that he acquired the railway lands through inheritance.
” The judge who gave a bench warrant against me, I have not been served any paper, not even from EFCC. This is my land, railway is not claiming my land, railway has nothing to do in my land in that area, it was T. A Orji when he was governor who wanted to buy this land and I told him nobody will sell anything to him even if he wants to pay N1 billion for one leave, in the course of it he secretly wrote to EFCC that I sold railway land and it was him that gave the man the money. The man I can’t even identitfy, the man has ran away, he did not appear in the court, he ran away because it was T. A Orji that gave him money to pay”
Prince B.B Apugo accused the immediate past governor of Abia state of being behind the alleged invasion of his Nkata Ibeku residence in order to soil his reputation due to his frequent criticism against the former governor. Apugo decried the commando style in which operatives of the Anti-graft agency stormed his residence and wondered how EFCC will invade his house without him issuing bench warrant. He said the action of Justice Osiagor and EFCC was abuse of judicial process.
The Oparaukwu Ibeku called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to look into activities of some judges who he said easily compromised in the course of dispensing justice. He however thanked the people of Abia state for their concern over the invasion of his home by EFCC and assured them that he will continue to stand on truth for the overall interest of the people of the state.
“Railway is not claiming the land, it is an inheritance, I gave to Central Bank, I gave to federal high court ,I gave so many organizations land there, nobody has questioned my ownership and I have over 4000 plots there ” he concluded.
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