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EFCC arrests former Imo state governor, Okorocha over alleged money laundering

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

Effiezy gathered that EFCC operatives arrested him in Abuja on Tuesday evening over money laundering.

Okorocha was arrested at his office in Abuja.

Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson for the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, told Vanguard that the news was true. “Okorocha has been arrested by our men”, he said in a telephone chat.

Okorocha, who governed Imo between 2011 and 2019, has been accused of embezzlement and misappropriation but he has denied the allegations.

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The administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma had sealed some of the property which his wife allegedly acquired illegally.

In February, he landed in a police station in Imo after engaging in a brawl with some government officials over some of his wife’s properties that were confiscated. But he was freed hours later.

This is the first major arrest by the anti-graft agency under the leadership of Abdulrasheed Bawa, chairman of the EFCC.

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