Why Okorocha Was Arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Okorocha, who is the senator representing Imo North was arrested Tuesday at about 4:15 pm at his private office in Abuja.
The former governor, Sahara Reporters said was invited by the anti-graft commission told but he failed to obey the invitation based based on advise.
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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.
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.
Recall that weeks ago, Governor Hope Uzodimma had ordered the seal of many properties of Senator Rochas Okorocha.