The immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has been arrested. Okorocha was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crim
The immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has been arrested.
Okorocha was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at about 4 P.M. 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.
Our sources said the anti-graft agency had repeatedly invited the former governor to its Abuja headquarters in connection with multiple corruption allegations against him.
Okorocha, who is now senator, reportedly declined to honour the invitation, a development that infuriated detectives who fanned out to get him.
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.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the former governor is in his agency’s custody.
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.
This will be the second time the former governor will be arrested. 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.