EFCC arrests Rochas Okorocha over alleged N7.9bn cash in banks

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Senator Rochas Okorocha, former Imo State governor, was yesterday arrested by men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged misappropriation of N7.9 billion belonging to the state.

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The anti-graft agency has been investigating the former Imo State helmsman since he left office in 2019.

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The federal legislator was arrested at his private office in Garki District of Abuja yesterday and taken to the EFCC office.

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Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, confirmed the arrest of the former governor but declined to give details of the matter.

 

However, before his recent ordeal, the Port Harcourt Zone of the EFCC had revealed that it traced about N7.9 billion in several Nigerian banks to Okorocha. “The Commission succeeded in freezing about N7.9billion in different accounts,” the zonal head said.

 

“Out of this, N2.7billion was released to the Imo state government to enable it to pay staff salaries and pensions.

“Also, properties worth billions of Naira recovered in the course of the investigation have been forfeited to the Federal Government.

“Only last month, N514million was further released to the incumbent administration of the state to enable it to meet its obligations to workers.”

 

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