EFCC arrests former Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha

The immediate past Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This was confirmed by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, on Tuesday.

According to Uwujaren, Okorocha was arrested in Abuja.

He, however, refused to comment on the reason for the arrest of the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District.

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.

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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