EFCC arrests, detains ex-Imo governor, Rochas Okorocaha


Flamboyant politician and former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha was on Tuesday arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Reports indicate that the ex-governor was picked up at 4 p.m after a five-hour standoff with EFCC operatives at his Unity House private office in Abuja.

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 now a 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 sources said they are not unconnected with corruption allegations against his administration as the governor of Imo State.

The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the former governor is in the agency’s custody.

He declined further comments when pressed for details of the allegations against the politician.


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