Barely a day after leaving office, former Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha and his wife Gerald Okorocha, have been arrested by the EFCC.
This came barely a day after he threatened to fight back if plans to fight him are pushed forward. The Easter Palm University, Ogboko owned by Rochas Okorocha who was arrested today was also sealed by the anti-graft agency.
Though an official statement is yet to be released, however it should be recalled that before the arrest was made, the EFCC had denied claims of blocking the state’s statutory allocation and expenditure. It however disclosed that they obtained a freeze order to stop the suspicious disbursement of funds, during the state’s governorship election in March.
The EFCC said, “It is pertinent to let Nigerians know that on the eve of the rescheduled March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state, the EFCC got intelligence that part of the Paris Club refund to the state was about to be used for purpose of vote buying and other sundry fraud.
“Arising from the development, the EFCC swung into action and succeeded in blocking withdrawal of the said fund, as well as trace the usage of N500 million which had been withdrawn in cash, out of which N77 million was recovered.”