Alleged N7.9bn Scam: EFCC Arrests, Grills Okorocha


Immediate past Imo State Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has been arrested in Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this on Tuesday but would not disclose the reason for the arrest.

However, before now, the Head of the Port Harcourt Zone of the EFCC, Imam Usman, had claimed that at least N7.9 billion has been traced to Senator Okorocha stashed in several Nigerian banks.

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Usman has said: “Within the period in review, the Commission succeeded in freezing about N7.9billion in different accounts. 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.

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

Recall Okorocha was also arrested in February by operatives of the Imo State Police Command over alleged forceful access into Spring Palm Estate linked to his immediate family.

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The Imo State Government sealed the estate and other properties it claimed to have been converted to personal property by Okorocha and his family members.

Okorocha however denies the allegation claiming the properties belonged to him and his family members.

Okorocha has been at loggerheads with the current Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma over the property saga.

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