The Reasons Why Former Imo Governor Okorocha Was Arrested By The EFCC has emerged.
Senator Rochas Okorocha was grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday for “suspected numerous cases of bribery and money laundering during his tenure as governor,
Senator Okorocha, who has been arrested, speaks from the EFCC’s website.
Between 2011 and 2019, Okorocha, who represents Imo West in the Senate, served as governor.
According to a source in the anti-graft agency, he was arrested around 4 p.m. to answer questions about various allegations levelled against him, including alleged N7.9 billion fraud.
Another N1.5 billion hospital connected to one of the ex-former governor’s aides is also being investigated.
In the Federal High Court in Owerri, the EFCC obtained a final forfeiture order against the hospital from Justice T G Ringim.
When Okorocha was governor of Imo State, the state-of-the-art 200-bed Dews of Hope Hospital in Owerri was accused of being constructed with state funds.
“The ex-governor has been on the EFCC radar for the last three years over suspected N7.9 billion money laundering,” an EFCC source said. In court, one of our investigators explained why he was wanted.
Senator Rochas Okorocha has been arrested by the EFCC.
“He also faces concerns about a separate N1.5 billion hospital constructed with funds from Imo State accounts and linked to one of his former aides,” the statement continued.
“On July 25, 2019, we seized the hospital that ex-aide disowned under Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006.”
“Okorocha must reveal the mystery surrounding the hospital. His former aide and members of the hospital’s board of directors said they had no idea how it was constructed.
“On invitation, the hospital’s managing director was unable to specify how the hospital project was financed.
“However, preliminary investigation revealed that during Okorocha’s presidency, a former permanent secretary was a signatory to the hospital’s accounts.”
“There could be other numerous cases as discovered by previous and current administrations in the state,” the source added. As I talk with you, he is being interrogated.”
It was unclear if Okorocha will face questions about the N112.8 billion in “dubious debts” owed to the state by nine commercial banks.
Okorocha should account for the debts, according to a Commission of Inquiry.
Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, said: “It is true that Okorocha has been arrested.” It’s about a case that some of you might be aware of.”
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Okorocha’s arrest was the culmination of his year-long effort to halt the EFCC’s investigation.
Last May, the former governor filed a lawsuit to stop the EFCC from investigating him.
“Direct the 1st defendant (EFCC) and the 3rd to the 10th defendants (the Imo state attorney-general (AG) and the Justice Iheaka-led probe panel on contract awards) to stay all further actions and proceedings until the 2nd defendant (the state AG) determines who should carry out the investigation,” he asked the court.
However, on July 8, a Federal High Court in Abuja turned down his request to stop the EFCC from investigating him for suspected financial misdeeds while in office.
In addition, Okorocha has been at odds with Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma over the alleged acquisition of public assets, including a university.
He was also linked to the recent attacks on Owerri by gunmen who stormed the state police headquarters and the Correctional Centre, freeing nearly 2,000 inmates, according to the state government.