Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, and his wife, Gerald.
The governor’s arrest on Thursday, May 30, 2019 comes only a day after he left his function as governor because he become first elected in 2011.
The anti-graft fee also sealed the previous governor’s Eastern Palm University in Ogboko, according to a record by using Sahara Reporters.
Okorocha had lengthy complained that the EFCC changed into being used by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to persecute him due to his rift with countrywide chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. He accused the anti-graft enterprise of running one-of-a-kind schemes to frustrate his authorities together with freezing the country’s account.
In response to one in every of his claims final week, the EFCC explained that it did no longer block the nation’s statutory allocation and expenditure, however obtained a freeze order to forestall the suspicious disbursement of price range for the duration of the state’s governorship election in March.
The EFCC said, “It is pertinent to permit Nigerians know that on the eve of the rescheduled March 9, 2019 governorship election in the kingdom, the EFCC got intelligence that a part of the Paris Club refund to the country turned into about for use for purpose of vote buying and different sundry fraud.
“Arising from the improvement, the EFCC swung into movement and succeeded in blocking withdrawal of the said fund, in addition to trace the use of N500 million which were withdrawn in coins, out of which N77 million turned into recovered.”
The EFCC is yet to launch an official announcement on the former governor’s arrest, however his case is similar to that of former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, who turned into detained on the equal day his tenure expired last yr. Unlike Okorocha, Fayose turned himself in to the corporation and is presently preventing costs relating to money laundering.