EFCC arrested Rochas Okorocha on corruption charges
Former governor of Imo state has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for issues related to corruption during his tenure as the governor of the eastern state.
According to Premium times, EFCC arrested Rochas Okorocha at about 4 P.M on Tuesday at his Unity House private office in Abuja, sources familiar with the matter told this medium.
The former governor was arrested after a five-hour standoff with EFCC operatives who trailed him to the location.
The anti-graft agency had repeatedly invited the former governor to its Abuja headquarters in connection with multiple corruption allegations against him an invitation which he refused to honour.
The politician is currently being interrogated at the EFCC headquarters and it is unclear if he would be allowed to go home today.
Details of the allegations against the senator are sketchy but our sources said they are related to suspected monumental graft during his eight-year reign as governor.
Spokesperson to the ex governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, could not be reached Tuesday evening to comment on this development.
When contacted, EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the former governor is in the agency’s custody, Premium Times stated.
He however declined further comments when pressed for details of the allegations against the politician.
Recall that since he left office as governor in 2019, Mr Okorocha has been having a running battle with his successor, Governor Hope Uzodinma, who accused him of misgovernance and corruption during his tenure. Both men are members of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC.
On February 21, the former governor was arrested by the police for unsealing a hotel owned by his wife but which was shut by the Imo State government. He was later released.
In November 2020, the EFCC’s zonal office in Enugu arraigned Lasberry Anyanwu, a former commissioner who served under Mr. Okorocha. He was charged with stealing and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N180 million.