EFCC arrests former Imo Gov, Rochas Okorocha

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The former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Okorocha was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at about 4: pm Tuesday at his Unity House private office in Abuja

EFCC Head of Media, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the development.

The anti-graft agency had quizzed the lawmaker weeks after operatives of the Imo State Police Command arrested him in February for allegedly unsealing Spring Palm Estate linked to his wife, Nkechi.

The Imo State Government sealed the estate and other properties it claimed to have been diverted by Okorocha and his family members but the Senator has since said the properties were legitimately his own and that of his family.

However, a statement signed by Rochas ’s spokesman said the anti-graft agency only invited the senator for questioning after petitions were written against him by the state government since he left office in 2019.

“The truth is that Rochas left as the governor of Imo State on 28 May 2019. And shortly after his exit as governor, Imo State Government wrote Petitions upon Petitions against him,” the statement partly read.

“The EFCC investigated the petitions and has been in various Courts of the land with Rochas, to that effect.

“And if the EFCC has decided to invite Rochas for Clarifications on the matters already in Courts, especially with a new Chairman at the helm of affairs at the Commission, there is nothing wrong with that.

“The matters between EFCC and Rochas over his governorship in Imo, have been pendent in various Courts of the land.

“At the end of the day, we would know whether the Commission will be withdrawing the Cases in Courts, or would Continue with the Cases already in Courts.

“But to us, the Commission is doing its job and should be given the needed cooperation. And Okorocha being a law-abiding Citizen, would always cooperate with the Commission over the Matters in Courts. EFCC is not a slaughterhouse, but a very responsible institution and should be seen as such.

“We have no reason to complain about the invitation of today, which Okorocha honoured as patriotic and responsible Nigerian. Like we stated earlier, the Commission didn’t invite Rochas today, for the first time.”

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