EFCC Arrests Ex-Imo Gov, Okorocha


By Kingsley Nwezeh

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Tuesday arrested former Governor of Imo State, Mr. Rochas Okorocha.

Okorocha was arrested by the commission in Abuja.

Spokesman of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Ewujaren, confirmed his arrest in a chat with THISDAY.

“Yes. It is true. He is with us. He was arrested in Abuja”, he said.

On whether he would spend the night at the commission, he said: “he was with us as at the time I left the office. I have left the office”.

The former governor, who is also the senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, has had a running battle with the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, over ownership of some assets in Owerri, the state capital which the state government had sealed.

While the state government claimed the property, Spring Palms Estate, belonged to the state government, Okorocha insisted that they belonged to members of his family.

The former governor had gone to the property with his supporters to unseal it.

The situation had degenerated into the arrest of the former governor by the Imo State Police Command on the orders of the state government.

Senator Okorocha was later released after the intervention of the presidency.