Yes, we arrested him for alleged money laundering… EFCC speaks on Okorocha

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

The spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren confirmed the news when he said, “Okorocha has been arrested by our men”.

Okorocha was arrested at his office in Abuja.

The anti-graft agency had in 2020 said it returned N2.7 billion recovered from Okorocha to the state government.

Zonal head of the EFCC, Port Harcourt office, Imam Usman 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 Hope Uzodinma, incumbent governor of Imo State, 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.

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 members.

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