Fear in Sen. Okorocha’s camp as EFCC arrests him in Abuja

EFCC arrests Senator Rochas Okorocha
Okorocha arrested by the EFCC

The news about the arrest about the arrest of the former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Anayochukwu Okorocha on Tuesday evening by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly sent jitters among his supporter, this medium has learnt.

Officials of the Commission were said to have laid siege to the former Imo State Governor’s private office at Nkwerre Street in Garki area of Abuja where he was whisked away by the operatives shortly after he returned from a trip.

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EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwajuren, confirmed the arrest to newsmen, however could not give reasons why Senator .

But a source at the commission disclosed that the arrest of the Imo lawmaker could not have been unconnected to the inability of Okorocha to honour an invitation that the source claimed was sent to the former governor which he failed to turn up.

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EFCC operatives, who had been on his trail for days, stormed his office on Tuesday evening and arrested him.

The anti-graft agency had in 2020 said it returned N2.7 billion recovered from Okorocha to the state government.

Imam Usman, zonal head of the EFCC Port Harcourt office, said the returned fund is part of the N7.9 billion recovered from different bank accounts linked to the ex-governor.

Usman said N2.5 billion was returned under the short-lived administration of Emeka Ihedioha, immediate past governor, while Hope Uzodinma, incumbent governor of the state, received N514 million.

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The zonal head added that the EFCC would prosecute Okorocha after concluding its investigation on him.

Okorocha and Uzodinma, both of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have been at loggerheads as the governor has accused his predecessor of corruption and personalising state-owned properties. 

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