Deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus yesterday alleged that a serving minister from Rivers State was behind his ordeal and detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Prince Secondus, who was released on bail by the EFCC on Wednesday night after about eight days in detention, made the allegation at the PDP national secretariat, Abuja.
Narrating his ordeal, Prince Secondus said on Tuesday, February 23, he honoured an invitation from the EFCC to clarify issues relating to an ongoing investigation.
“They confronted me with allegations of receiving some cars from Mr. Jide Omokore who has been my friend for over 20 years. I admitted to them that Mr. Jide Omokore has given me car gifts on several occasions in the last 10 years for my personal use.
“I want to state categorically that what I received from my friend, Jide Omokore, were cars and buses supplied by a well-known car company, Skymit Motors, apparently from a credit facility Mr. Omokore has with the company. I don’t have any knowledge of the so-called transaction the investigators are alleging he had with NNPC.
“Against this background, it is most disheartening that the facts of the matter under investigation have been grossly misrepresented in the media, apparently under inducement by some political opponents in the APC, particularly a minister from Rivers State.
“This is in line with the strategy of the ruling party to hide under the anti-corruption fight to humiliate the leadership of our party.
“I have been granted bail under very stringent conditions after eight days in detention. Since the EFCC did not establish any case against me, I find my needless detention a clear case of witch-hunt and pure political persecution that has become a stock in trade of the APC government.”
Secondus, who described his ordeal as “another glaring case of political persecution,” stressed that his immediate concern “is the denial of the fundamental human rights, excessive physical incarceration and the orchestrated negative media campaign completely skewed against those being investigated.”
He further added that it was curious that EFCC was effecting detention and incarceration of suspects even before it commenced investigation into allegation.
The PDP chieftain declared that from every indication, “it is absolutely very clear” that the EFCC has no case against him and wondered since when it became a crime in Nigeria for the citizens to accept gifts from their friends.

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